EXCLUSIVE: Businessman data N55 million swimsuit towards MTN for barring his line

A businessman, Sylvanus Ukpong, has sued telecommunication huge, MTN, for barring his line.

Mr Ukpong, in the writ of summons filed on the Excessive Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja,on March 12, 2021, noted that MTN, by its movement, blocked him from accessing partners and doable possibilities.

Within the courtroom paperwork completely got by PREMIUM TIMES, the claimant urged the courtroom that his Civil Construction and Agro-Allied Company primarily based in Uyo, Akwa Ibom Inform, relied largely on mobile phone calls to care for engaging with industry partners and therapy industry-linked challenges.

He acknowledged the movement of the community provider, had therefore, mark him hundreds and hundreds of naira in the closing four months.

He prayed for, amongst others, in his swimsuit, an expose directing the defendant, MTN, to unblock his line with rapid halt.

He also entreated the courtroom to award long-established damages of N50 million in his favour and towards MTN, and one more N5 million to duvet for filing and prosecution of the swimsuit.

‘How it took field’

He acknowledged he had been the utilization of the MTN postpaid line 0803-746-6663 since 2008 and, used to be having fun with his “solemn relationship” with the community provider till early November 2020 when he used to be barred from making calls.

He used to be first and foremost paying up to N100,000 as his monthly call credit to MTN Nigeria, and later diminished it N40,000, Mr Ukpong acknowledged whereas recalling his lengthy-standing patronage of the community provider.

Nevertheless he acknowledged in early November 2020, he used to be barred from making calls over an alleged N31,560 airtime invoice incurred in October, a invoice he acknowledged had been off-web site by his recharge card seller, Ime Esema, whom he made electronic bank switch to.

He acknowledged, earlier than the incident, he had submitted a form-written letter to the MTN Nigeria branch field of job at 40, Ikot Ekpene Boulevard, Uyo, Akwa Ibom Inform, requesting that his line 0803-746-6663 be migrated from postpaid to pay as you skedaddle.

He acknowledged his test used to be rejected on the grounds of the corporate’s mumble that it may perhaps truly possible greatest settle for handwritten letters.

“On that identical October 15, 2020, I submitted a hand-written letter to the MTN field of job, but they also rejected the letter, saying that there used to be no web community for them to course of my test.

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“On November 2, 2020, at 6.37p.m., I got the next textual order material message from MTN, ‘Expensive Customer, your Oct 2020 invoice is N31,560. Please pay on or earlier than Nov. 5, 2020 to assist having fun with our companies and products. Thank you.’

“On November 3, 2020, I recharged my MTN line 0803-746-6663 with N15,000 and on November 4, 2020, I recharged the line again with N30,000, thereby bringing my complete recharge to N45,000. I expected this amount (N45,000) to decided up my N31,560 and for the MTN line to be left with N13,440 to enable the technique of the migration from postpaid to pay as you skedaddle,” the claimant acknowledged.

Mr Ukpong acknowledged his letter requesting migration from postpaid to pay as you skedaddle “used to be well-liked later but now not granted.”

He added that his practice-up call to the MTN buyer care line 180 at 7.36 a.m. on November 5, 2020, yielded no consequence, as the loyal who answered the decision urged him that “there’s nothing we can pause here, you are going to moreover bask in got to skedaddle to the Uyo field of job” earlier than striking up on him.

In line with him, this used to be followed by a call from one more loyal of the corporate who launched himself as his fable officer and persuaded him now not emigrate from postpaid to pay as you skedaddle.

“Nevertheless I insisted that I wished emigrate the line for ultimate administration of my private funds. He promised that the topic used to be going to be treated that identical day,” he added.

‘Line barred’

Mr Ukpong acknowledged he realised his line had been barred two hours after talking with the MTN loyal.

“Two hours after talking with the MTN loyal on November 6, 2020, I realized that I was unable to safe calls with my MTN line 0803-746-66630. I was in a field to receive calls, alternatively. It used to be evident to me then that my line had been barred by MTN.

“I without lengthen known as the MTN buyer care line 180 to safe a new criticism that I were barred from making calls. The loyal who picked the decision urged me that I was indebted to MTN and that used to be why they barred me from making calls.

“I explained to her that my October invoice from MTN used to be N31,560 and that I had recharged the line with N45,000 vouchers which used to be sufficient to decided the invoice, she then acknowledged it must were a “technical error” and that it may perhaps truly possible possible even be corrected between 15 to 24 hours. I urged her that my industry used to be going to be so negatively affected if I may possible now not safe requires that length of time,” Mr Ukpong explained to PREMIUM TIMES

He acknowledged all his efforts to safe MTN to unravel what its loyal known as “technical error” had been futile whereas his companies had persisted to endure many losses.

“I bask in despatched two emails to MTN requesting that they must aloof furnish me with data referring to how important I bask in recharged my line between November 1 to November 6, 2020, but up till now MTN is yet to answer to it,” he acknowledged.

‘Line unbarred’

Mr Ukpong acknowledged he engaged the companies and products of two law companies, who equally wrote to the defendant on the self-discipline, but got no response from the telecom company.

MTN, in its first reaction to PREMIUM TIMES thru its spokesperson, Funsho Aina, closing Saturday, requested this reporter to ship an electronic mail thru the loyal channel.

Mr Aina acknowledged the electronic mail and promised to “evaluation and revert ASAP” but there used to be no loyal reaction from MTN so some distance.

In one more interview with this reporter on Tuesday morning, Mr Ukpong acknowledged his barred line had been unbarred, a pattern which reportedly got here two days after this newspaper reached out to MTN and chronicled the complainant’s wrestle to safe the latter to total the needful.

This reporter again reached out to Mr Aina on whether or now not MTN used to be willing to compensate the complainant or now not.

Responding, Mr Aina acknowledged the corporate “used to be aloof in talks with the complainant.”

“Did he also snarl you that he can now employ his line? So, we’re making growth. Now we bask in made growth from what we worn to bask in and we’re aloof having sequence of conversations with him.

“This ‘thing’ is constructing blocks,” Mr Aina acknowledged.

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