By Tony Edike, Enugu
ARMED operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, stormed the customers’ service office of the MTN Nigeria Communications Limited in Enugu and sealed it off after ordering the workers and customers to vacate the premises.
The office located on the popular Zik Avenue , Uwani, Enugu serves as the telecommunication giant’s regional office for the South East zone was placed under lock at about 10 am yesterday but Saturday Vanguard could not ascertain the reason for the clampdown.
The men of the anti_graft agency stormed the company in two vehicles, one of them marked NASARAWA _ AG16NSW at about 10 am and remained there until about 11 am when they made sure that they had forced every body out, pasted their “RESTRAINED’” order on some of the strategic locations in the company, shutting down their operations.
A male staff of the MTN who tried to be stubborn to the EFCC men when every body was ordered to vacate the premises was kicked, pushed, dragged about and bundled inside the waiting white car belonging to the commission and parked within the premises.
‘’You are showing stubbornness!”, the men shouted severally at him before they forced him into the car and banged the door.
A staff of the company said that at the time the EFCC men stormed the place, it was not clear who their target was and they gave no reason for their action as they were only interested in shutting down their operations, adding that passersby on the ever_busy Zik Avenue watched the scene.
The Regional Manager of the company was said to be unavailable when the EFCC operatives came and efforts by another senior official to ascertain their mission failed as they were not ready to listen to him.
There were rumours yesterday that EFCC men were on the trail of a staff of MTN who had some issues to clear with the agency but this could not be confirmed by press time.
However, some of the displaced workers gathered in groups within the shut office for some hours discussing the development while a crowd of customers who had appointments with the company also were seen talking in low tone about the issue before they vacated the premises yesterday afternoon.
It was gathered that the EFCC men who came from Abuja to enforce the restriction order later released the MTN staff earlier dragged into their vehicle before driving off.
Efforts to speak with the commission’s Public Relations Officer in Enugu, Blessing Ekeleme to ascertain the official reason for the restriction order on the company proved abortive as her mobile phone was switched off.