A Ghanaian court yesterday ordered the immediate arrest of the CEO and two other officials from the country’s largest mobile telecommunications company, MTN Ghana, due to their failure to appear before court for the third time.
The arrest warrants were issued for the company’s CEO, Micheal Ikpoki, customer relations executive Jemima Kotei and the company’s chief technical officer John Joffman.
The officials were dragged before the court for contempt of a previous court order in which the telecommunications company was ordered to restore all communications services to the line belonging to Dr. Raymond A. Atuguba. MTN was ordered in July to restore the plaintiff’s mobile service within thirty minutes, but failed to abide by the court’s directives fully.
Dr. Atuguba, a senior lecturer and lawyer at the Law School of the University of Ghana, sued the major network following the disconnection of his telephone line without prior notice. In a writ filed by a legal expert, he is seeking compensation from the mobile network for infringing on his “legal rights to life, property, association, information, work, and communication.”
According to him, the disconnection of his mobile phone from the communications network has led to certain life risks, while also affecting his business.
According to Dr. Raymond, “the services have been restored one way which means that I can receive calls on my phone. At first, the whole thing was dead and you could clearly see off.”