Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari's Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, has been alleged to have collected a N500m bribe from operators of MTN to help the telecommunications firm mitigate the fine imposed on it by the federal government according to Saharareporters.
Sources say the evidence was presented to President Buhari several times including during the Sallah holiday.
The scandal is the latest in the mounting allegations of corruption involving members of the top echelon of President Buhari’s administration.
The Chief of Staff has been in the past implicated in other corruption matters which include taking money from Jide Omokore, a businessman who was massively involved in corruption in the oil sector in the preceding administration.
Other members of President Buhari’s cabinet that have been exposed as engaging in cases of corruption but the President has failed to react include:
The Chief of Army Staff, Yusuf Buratai, was found to have used Nigerian Army funds to purchase homes in Dubai;
The Minister of Internal Affairs, Abdulrahman Dambazau, bought homes for millions of dollars in Boston in the United States.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) last year reduced the fine it imposed on MTN Nigeria after its failure to disconnect unregistered subscribers according to News24.
The South African-headquartered company disclosed it had received a formal letter dated December 2 from the NCC informing the company that, after considering MTN’s request, it has taken the decision to reduce the fine on the MTN Nigerian business from the original N1,04 trillion (US$5,2 billion) to N674 billion ($3,4 billion), which has to be paid by December 31.
The fine relates to the late disconnecting of 5.1 million MTN Nigerian subscribers in August and September 2015.
- News 24