Activist accuses MTN of allegedly jeopardizing Nigeria’s democracy

By Akpos Oghenetega

An Agbor based Rights Activist, Barr Favour Enuji has urged well meaning Nigerians to rise up against attempts by telecommunication giant, MTN to allegedly jeopardizing Nigeria’s fledgling democracy.


The legal practitioner in a chat with newsmen at his office at Agbor, threatened to petition the Nigeria Communication Commission and the Department of State Services over the activities of MTN, stressing that if not checked, could set Nigeria on fire.

According to Enuji, “on Saturday January 6, 2018 during the Delta State Local Government Council elections, MTN connived with desperate elements of a certain political party (name withheld) to jam and switch off their network within Agbor metropolis particularly and Delta State in general without notice, thereby preventing other political party chieftains and candidates from communicating with their agents in the field.

“That singular act which lasted between 9AM and 3PM made Deltans unable to call, text, browse or communicate with the outside world in what was going on in the State.

“As we prepare for the 2019 general elections, one could only imagine the fallout of the jamming of telecommunication networks which could hamper the operation of the card readers as well as prevent the electronic transmission of results as being proposed by INEC.”

He noted that if MTN as a corporate citizen could connive with desperate politicians to attain unfair political mileage against their opponents in a simple Local Government Council election, MTN could also connive with coupists to topple the democracy Nigerians now enjoy.

Enuji therefore, called on authority to call MTN to order to obviate this ugly scenario from repeating itself and, to also send a strong warning to other telecommunication outfits who may have plans of toeing this dishonorable line of MTN.


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