People’s Democratic Party, a Nigerian political party, approached a Federal High Court sitting on Monday in Abuja aiming to force the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to revoke MTN Nigeria‘s licence.
The party’s Osun and Ekiti Chapters filed the suit, while Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former Osun State governor, alleged the NCC failed to protect them from MTN‘s unfair practices.
They allege MTN provided the council with incomplete data after they were requested to provide the National Judicial Council with call logs detailing conversations with suspended Court of Appeal president, Justice Ayo Salami. This came after allegations that Justice Salami was influenced by members of the Action Congress of Nigeria to remove Oyinlola from office.
They believe MTN forwarded partial call data records to the NJC, leaving the NJC no choice but to declare the call logs as lacking in evidentiary value.
“The action of MTN to deliberately frustrate the work of the NJC panel by providing inadequate and incomplete call records constitutes gross professional and ethical misconduct,” their statement said.
They said MTN deliberately omitted the months of September, October and November 2010 from the record to mislead the NJC Panel, contravening the Nigerian Communications Commission Act. Finally, they also want the court to impose a N150 Billion fine for general damages.