House of Representatives Committee on Telecommunications yesterday threatened to issue a bench warrant for the arrest of the Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Telecommunication Network, MTN, Ferdinand Moolman, for his refusal to appear in person before the committee.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that last week, the committee had insisted that there was no going back on the N1.04 trillion fine imposed on the MTN by the Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC.
It would be recalled that NCC had last year asked MTN to pay the sum of N1.04 trillion for failure to disconnect 5.1 million unregistered subscribers.
But after series of interventions, the regulatory outfit later reviewed the sum down to N780 billion.
At the resumed hearing on Tuesday, Chairman of the Committee, Hon Saheed Akinade Fijabi said, in view of the seriousness attached to the issue, the committee would not accept anybody other than the CEO of MTN.
In a letter to the committee, which was signed by Ferdinand Moolman and Amina Oyagbola (Human Resources/Corporate Services Executive), MTN said the committee should liaise with the NCC, Ministry of Justice and Communications to furnish them with the relevant information, adding that it is pursuing amicable settlement with the Federal Government.
The committee members were not comfortable with the tune of the letter, thus asking the representative of the CEO, Mr. Austin Iyasere, to excuse them.
The committee members expressed their disappointment on the manner the telecommunication company has been going about the case.
They also expressed dismay that the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele as well as the Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN had not deemed it fit appear before them despite several notifications.
One of the committee members, Hon. Ossai Nicholas Ossai reminded them that section 60 of the constitution gives the House the powers to summon anybody for purposes of questioning or clarifications.
He maintained that the parliament is ruled by conventions and traditions, adding that when they invite people, they had no choice but to appear.
Before the committee adjourned sine dine, it maintained that the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele; Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, and the CEO of MTN must appear in person before them.


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  • vic

    YES, ASSEMBLY THIEVES AND LOOTERS TELLING OTHER LOOTERS TO APPEAR BEFORE THEM.