The management of MTN has debunked reports by some newspapers that three of the suspects paraded by the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police Force are its employees.
The suspects, Okpetu John, Chukwunomso Ifeanyi and Salako Abdulsalam, were arrested along some with bankers for diverting over N150m from customers’ accounts.
But the Public Relations Manager, MTN Nigeria, Funso Aina, in a statement on Tuesday, said the trio worked for an independent Connect store regulated by the network provider.
He said, “We wish to point out that the arrest stemmed from MTN’s report of an unusual level of swap activity to the Nigeria Police. This breach was perpetrated by employees of an independent but regulated third-party trade partner who owns and operates the Connect store where the incident took place.”
Aina stated that the telecommunications company would continue to report suspicious activities timely in order to assist the security agencies in fighting crimes.
He added, “We are committed to protecting our existing and potential customers from all present and emerging threats and will continue to work closely with the security agencies to ensure appropriate action when there is evidence of misconduct as was done in this instance.
“MTN remains firmly committed to the highest standards of integrity, ethical behaviour and good corporate citizenship.”