Nigerian Lawmaker Wants MTN’s Fine Increased

Abdulrazak Namdas, a memeber of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, has called on the country’s telecom regulator to double the USD 5.2 billion it fined MTN Group.

Namdas disclosed this in a phone interview with Bloomberg saying “The Africa’s telecom giant must pay NGN 400 000 (UDS 2 015) for each of the 5.2 million unregistered phone lines it failed to deactivate before a deadline, instead of NGN 200 000 originally charged MTN.

He further mentioned the lower chamber will examine why MTN has been dealing with Nigeria’s attorney general instead of the Nigerian Communications Commission in trying to get the penalty trimmed down.

MTN paid $252 million dollars in February as part of effort to continue negotiations.

A statement credited to Chris Maroleng, MTN Spokesperson said: “We note ongoing media report coming from Nigeria. But we cannot be drawn into commenting on the matter as we are awaiting clarity and an official position from the Nigerian government on the matter.”

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