The Daily Dispatch – Prez. Buhari on how MTN ‘helped’ Boko Haram.

The_Daily_Dispatch_10_03_2016Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says that African mobile phone operator MTN fuelled the country’s Boko Haram insurgency by failing to disconnect unregistered sim cards.

Buhari made the comments last Tuesday during a visit to Nigeria by South African President Jacob Zuma, the BBC reports.

“You know how the unregistered (sim cards) are being used by terrorists and between 2009 and today, at least 10,000 Nigerians were killed by Boko Haram,” said Buhari, during a joint press conference with Zuma. “Unfortunately, MTN was very, very slow and contributed to the casualties,” he added, in his first public comments of the case.

The phone giant was fined $5.2 billion in October by Nigeria’s telecoms industry regulator for failing to disconnect the cards, although this was later reduced to $3.4 billion. Last month, MTN announced that it has paid $250 million in a good will gesture towards a possible settlement in the case.

Nii Noi going Independent will be to Akufo-Addo’s advantage

The decision by disgruntled member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to go independent in the upcoming parliamentary elections in the Klottey Korle constituency will benefit the NPP flag bearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Pollster Ben Ephson said yesterday.

“This is good news for Nana Addo and the NPP party as a whole. Akufo-Addo stands to benefit from Nii Noi’s decision – it would have been a big blow to Nana Addo if Nii Noi had not taken such a decision at all.”

He explained a sheer apathy by Nii Noi’s supporters could have threatened the chances of Nana Addo to make inroads in the Klottey Korle constituency during the November polls.

The defeated NPP parliamentary aspirant for Klottey Korle, Valentino Nii Noi Nortey has declared that he will contest the upcoming November Parliamentary election as an independent candidate.




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