Former military Governor of Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (retd), has decided to sue MTN over unsolicited messages and fraudulent deductions by the telecoms giant.
Speaking on Saturday, Umar said he has briefed his lawyers to file the suit against MTN after complaining over unsolicited messages and deductions to no avail.
He said despite assurances that it will not happen again, he has started receiving unsolicited messages accompanied by deductions of money from his telephone line.
He forwarded two of the latest unsolicited messages he received on Saturday: One susbscribed him to a callertune with a charge of N50, with an option to opt out; the other subscribed him to a package: “Laugh Out Loud,” also with a fee.
The latest messages he received read thus: “Yello, you have downloaded the Callertune by TK SWAG for N50.00. This tune expires on 2016-12-09. To delete the tune, send del0733736.
“Dear Customer, you have successfully subscribed to Laugh Out Loud and N50.00 deducted from your account. Your service will be renewed on 2016-11-18. To cancel, text STOP LOL to 55006. Enjoy!
Umar said it was unfortunate that this practice has continued despite complaints.
It is not about the N50 being deducted from his account, he said.
The former governor said it was fraudulent to deduct money from subscribers without their consent.
He said if you multiply N50 by 70 million subscribers, for example, it means the network is stealing billions of Naira from subscribers on a daily basis.
If N50 is multiplied by 70 million for instance, the sum is N3.5 billion, he said.
Umar said he is suing MTN on behalf of 70 million subscribers and he believes the subscribers will be his witnesses in court.
“I have briefed my lawyers,” he said matter-of-factly on Saturday.
Umar said all attempts to reach the telecoms regulator, The Nigerian Communications Commission, failed.