MTN pays N1.85m to short-changed promo winner


MTN1MTN Nigeria Communications Limited to, within 14 days, pay a complainant, Mr. Omeje Chukwuma Fidelis, the sum of N1,850,000, being balance of his winning in the promotion held in 2012, the telecommunication giant has complied with the directive.
MTN, in compliance with the CPC’s order, raised a United Bank of Africa’s draft in the said sum in favour of the complainant on Thursday, February 11, 2016, barely 24 hours after its receipt of the agency’s order.
Omeje, in a telephone conversation, confirmed to CPC his receipt of the amount, disclosing that he received the cheque for the balance of his N2 million prize on Monday, February 15, 2016.
CPC is also in receipt of a settlement agreement made to that effect between Omeje, MTN and its event manager for the Ultimate Wonder Promo prize presentation, Towncriers Limited, authorising the event manager to “issue a bank draft in the sum of N1,850,000:00 in full and final satisfaction of the CPC’s order and all claims to the complainant”.
According to the agreement, MTN’s decision to pay the complainant was “in consideration of the order of the CPC and MTN’s wariness with the negative reputational implications of the complainant’s claims”.
The Council said it gave the order to the telecommunication firm because of lack of due diligence it displayed in the verification of the winners of the N2 million category of the sales promotion.
CPC’s order came on the heels of a complaint brought by Mr. Omeje Chukwuma Fidelis against the telecommunications giant that he had been underpaid after he was declared winner of N2 million in the said sales promotion.
According to Omeje, he participated in the promo and was called that he had won N2million in the Ultimate Wonder Promo and was also invited to the presentation ceremony, which was done on October 19, 2012 at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja.sun.