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Friday, September 23, 2011

Aba robbers made away with MTN recharge cards


The least may not have been heard of notoriety of the city of Aba as the leading telecommunications company in Nigeria, MTN Friday said a large quantity of its recharge cards have been stolen from the company’s premises in Aba, Abia State.

This came as the information of impending shutting of MTN services in Abia State still hovers following the persistence of the Abia StateInfrastructure Development Fund to force the telecom service provider to pay unrecognized levies.

The Corporate Services Executive, MTN Nigeria, Mr. Akinwale Goodluck confirmed this, saying that armed robbers last week broke into the company’s premises in the city of Aba, and made away with large quantity of recharge cards of various denominations.

Mr. Goodluck also said the company had responded immediately by de-activating the affected recharge cards from the network in line with standard operating procedure.

“As a result of this, any of the stolen recharge cards will no longer be accepted by the network,” he said.
Equally, ITRealms Online gathered that all the company’s Trade Partners in Aba and its environs had been duly notified so that they would be prepared should anyone attempt to sell any of the voided recharge cards to them.

“We wish to advise our numerous customers in Abia State and its environs to exercise caution when purchasing recharge cards. We urge our customers to seek out authorised MTN vendors so as to guide against picking up stolen and voided recharge cards,” he said.

Alternatively, MTN advised customers to consider recharging their phones through Virtual Top-up (VTU) platform, which even provides customers with five per cent discount for any amount of airtime purchased.

Further, Mr. Goodluck said the incident had been reported to relevant security agencies and apologized to MTN customers for any inconveniences the development might cause them.

Remmy Nweke

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