The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to explain why the fine imposed on MTN Nigeria was reduced. The lawmakers also summoned Communications Minister, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu and the Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Garba Dambatta.
Chairman, House Committee on Communications, Rep. Shaheed Fijabi, issued the order at the committee’s resumed investigation on the fine in Abuja on Monday.
According to him, the committee was irked by Federal Government’s decision to conclude negotiations with MTN by reducing the fine from N1.4 trillion to N330 billion.
He said the decision was a disregard to the committee’s resolution that further negotiations with the mobile communications firm be suspended pending conclusion of its investigative hearing on the matter.
He accused the government of “undermining the integrity and independence of the National Assembly” by its decision.
“The two ministers, the Chief Executive Officer of NCC and all other persons involved in the negotiations are to appear before the committee on Monday next week by 10.00 a. m,” he said.