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MTN criticises reports about it leaving northern Nigeria

By , IT in government editor
Nigeria , 15 Jun 2012

MTN criticises reports about it leaving northern Nigeria

Telecommunications provider MTN has hit out at media reports this week that said the company was considering quitting its operations in northern Nigeria owing to terrorist threats.

Boko Haram has threatened to attack MTN facilities in Nigeria, after allegations that the telco had been helping security agencies in that country track the militant group’s members.

Subsequently, reports emerged this week that MTN was planning to pull out of Nigeria’s northern region.

But the company has vehemently denied the reports as false.

“There has never been any suggestion that MTN was considering shutting down its services in any parts country,” Funmilayo Omogbenigun, general manager of corporate affairs at MTN Nigeria, told ITWeb Africa.

“We have consistently reiterated that issues related to national security are within the remit of the government and the security agencies, and we trust that they are giving priority to such threats.”

“There is no ‘situation’ in Nigeria with respect to our operations here,” said Omogbenigun.

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