The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has denied the allegation of tracking and leaking telephone conversations of citizens.
A controversial phone conversation between Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party, and Bishop David Oyedepo surfaced on social media at the weekend.
Valentine Obienyem, Peter Obi’s aide, had alleged that the NCC was behind the leaking of the telephone conversation.
Reacting in a statement on Tuesday, Reuben Muoka, NCC director of public affairs, said the commission has invited security agencies to investigate the fount of the allegation.
“The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been inundated with enquiries by the media on allegations of telephone “tracking” and “leakage” made against the Commission by some individuals and groups in the social and alternative Media,” he said.
“The Commission wishes to make the following clarifications:
“i. The Commission denies the allegations in their entirety.
“ii. By the provisions of the Nigerian Communication Act (NCA) 2003 and other extant Laws of the Federation, the Commission does not and cannot “track” nor “leak” telephone conversations of anyone.
“iii. The Commission has reported the allegations, which we take seriously, to relevant security agencies for proper investigation and necessary action.
“iv. The Commission restates its commitment to discharge its responsibilities to the Nigerian people in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; the NCA 2003; and other extant Laws of the Federation; and global best practices.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Commission denies these allegations and advises the public to disregard them.”