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President Buhari Presented with ‘Evidence’ His Chief of Staff ‘Received’ N500m to Help Reduce MTN Fine


SaharaReporters has reported that President Muhammadu Buhari was provided with concrete evidence that his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, collected N500m from operators of communication giant MTN to help the South African telecoms company get a substantial reduction in the hefty fine imposed on it by the Federal Government.

The Nigerian Communications Commission had reduced the whopping N1.04 trillion fine it imposed on MTN Nigeria for failing to disconnect unregistered SIM cards.

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The fine was in June scaled down to N330 billion in a staggered form, to be paid within a time limit of three years, and that the company will be listed on the Nigeria Stock Exchange, NSE, as soon as it is commercially and legally possible to do so.

SaharaReporters writes that the evidence was presented to President Buhari several times including during the Sallah holiday.

Kyari reportedly claimed he was helping the All Progressives Congress raise funds for the gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State when confronted with the evidence.

But Buhari responded to this by asking him if he was the party chairman. He, however, allowed Kyari to remain in the highly influential and powerful office.

Several actions of the Chief of Staff had been reported by the online medium, including taking money from Mr. Jide Omokore, a businessman and ally of former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Maduekwe, who was massively involved in corruption in the oil sector in the preceding administration.

Following the acceptance of the money, Kyari reportedly took Omokore twice to meet the President to enable the businessman make a promise to refund some of the funds – to which a promise to refund N500 million was made.

When Omokore was eventually arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the CoS reportedly told Buhari that it was the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, who had bungled progress concerning Omokore.


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