Rejoinder: HEDA’s Ultimatum to SEC for the Sack of MTN Board Members

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Newsdiaryonline has received a rejoinder to one of its stories. The rejoinder is titled:’Re: HEDA’s Ultimatum to SEC for the Sack of MTN Board Members’. The author called it “Request for a Rebuttal”. We have decided to give a right of reply and publish the “request” which came via an email from a body or agency simply identified as  BHM in full:  

Re: HEDA’s Ultimatum to SEC for the Sack of MTN Board Members

We refer to the post with the headline “HEDA asks SEC to sack Ndukwe, Omobola Johnson from MTN board” that was published on your platform on Sunday, September 15th, 2019, at about 11:31 am.

According to the story, the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) stated that some members of the MTN board were “picked to offer the South African communications concern undue advantage in Nigeria’s political and economic environment”.

Please note that the allegations stated in the story are false. Kindly find below the true statements of fact:

  1. Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta occupied the position of the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission when the alleged fine was issued and not Ernest Ndukwe.
  2. Adebayo Shittu was the Minister of communications during the period stated, not Omobola Johnson.
  3. Ifueko Okauru who was mentioned to be chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) at the alleged period, was in office from May 2004 to April 2012.

We request that you use your good office to investigate and confirm the facts stated above with the objective of sharing accurate information to the public.

MTN Nigeria has and will continue to be a law abiding corporate organisation and has not breached any extant laws whether under the Companies and Allied Matters Act, Security and Exchange Commission Acts or Rules.

No laws were contravened in appointing the eminent Nigerians to the Board of MTN Nigeria.

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