Ex-Kaduna governor to sue MTN for unsolicited SMS


A former military Governor of Kaduna State, Abubakar Umar, has decided to sue MTN over unsolicited messages and fraudulent deductions by the telecoms giant.

Speaking on Saturday, Mr. Umar said he has briefed his lawyers to file the suit against MTN after complaining over unsolicited messages and deductions to no avail.

The retired colonel 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 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!”

Mr. 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 deducting such N50 from millions of subscribers implies the network is stealing billions of Naira from subscribers on a daily basis.

Umar said he is suing MTN on behalf of 70million subscribers and he believes the subscribers will be his witnesses in court.

“I have briefed my lawyers,” he said on Saturday.

Mr. Umar said all attempts to reach the telecoms regulator, NCC, have failed.


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  • Abdullah Musa

    Good move by the Colonel.
    Have been suffering same from glo.
    Even when you write them to stop what you did not subscribe, they charge you N 1 for message to them.
    Theirs is surely a fraudulent business model, NCC is an accomplice.

    • Haruna Birniwa

      I have now stopped recharging my Etisalat and Airtel lines for some months for the same reason. I wished I had the wherewithal to hire a competent lawyer, preferably a SAN, I would have sued these two companies. GLO too once stole my N150 for no just cause. Enough should be enough.

      • Abdullah Musa

        Businesses, particularly foreign ones, like Nigeria because they can defraud citizens with active connivance of those who are supposed to protect them.

    • realBigValue

      Same here, and NCC is definitely an accomplice.

  • A.A.

    Please Col. Join me in your suit against MTN. The company had cheated me three time now, the recent one just two days ago. They deducted # 50 from my account for something that I never subscribed, that is a Bible message, after all I am of the Islamic faith. Perhaps MTN are engaged in this dirty fraud in order to pay for the penalty imposed on them by NCC running into billions of naira. Now think of this, if the company is to defraud 1 million of its customers of #50 per day, that will mount to #50 million, and that is multiply by 30 days, it will amount to #1.5 billion. God knows how much they must robbed innocent customers by now. NCC is a useless agency.

  • Please, I stand a witness to your suit. MTN, is really disturbing.


    Re: “Mr. Umar said all attempts to reach the telecoms regulator, NCC, have failed”.

    It is true, the feedback platform provided by NCC had been deactivated, so one cannot get through to NCC now through that platform. But there is a way out as an alternative measure which I’m now using even if NCC will not respond as usual and this is through its ’email address: ncc@ncc.gov.ng

  • Mas’ud Moriki

    I’m so glad to hear it! But Airtel needs to be sued as well. But MTN is the worst of all! The exasperating thing is that, even if you unsubscribe, deactivate or stop it, the next recharge you will make, they will subscribe you back & deduct the same amount as they use to (N50).
    Can you imagine there once a time I made a complain to an MTN office, the lady just told me that, “as I’m seeing now from this system there isn’t any illegal subscription of callertune, sms & what have you we subscribed you on”. I became speechless, a chill runs out of my spine & just left.