A former military Governor of Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (rtd), yesterday said he will sue MTN over unsolicited messages and fraudulent deductions by the telecoms giant.
He said he has briefed his lawyers to file a suit against MTN following the failure of the telecoms giant to attend to his complaints.
He said despite assurances, he started receiving unsolicited messages accompanied by deductions of money from his telephone line.
Umar released two of the unsolicited messages to the media. The messages, which he received on Saturday, were: “Laugh Out Loud” with a fee.
“Yello, you have downloaded the Callertune
“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 MTN had no right force messages he never requested on him.
He said: “It is unfortunate that this practice has continued despite complaints. It is not about the N50 being deducted from his account.
“It is fraudulent to deduct money from subscribers without their consent. He said if you multiply N50 by 70milion subscribers, for example, it means the network is stealing billions of Naira from subscribers on a daily basis.
“If N50 is multiplied by 70m for instance, the sum is N3.5billion, for instance.
“I am suing MTN on behalf of 70million subscribers and I believe the subscribers will be my witnesses in court. I have briefed my lawyers accordingly.”
Umar said all his attempts to reach the telecoms regulator, NCC have failed.