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No winner has emerged yet to acquire 9mobile, NCC reacts

NCC – Nigeria Communications Commission, dismissed the information alleging that a preferred bidder has been anointed to purchase the telecom giant, 9mobile on Thursday.

The Director of Public Affairs, Tony Ojobo, stated that the process for the acquisition of 9mobile is still ongoing and Barclays Africa remained in full control in the process leading to the emergence of new owner for the company.

See the full statement below;

“Our attention has been drawn to newspaper publications alleging that a preferred bidder has been anointed to acquire 9Mobile and otherwise speculating on the outcome of the ownership transfer process.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to provide the following clarification and update on the process: 

“Barclays Africa remains in full control of the process leading to the emergence of a new owner for the company. Barclays has not authorized any publication on the matter and is obliged to maintain full confidentiality thereon.

“An approval of the request for extension of time by the 9Mobile Interim Board was given by the two regulators – NCC and CBN. This set the deadline for the receipt of binding offers from the prospective bidders till 16th January 2018.

“Contrary to speculations that a ‘winner’ will be announced on the same day (i.e. 16th of January 2018) we wish to clarify that Barclays is expected to review the bids received by the deadline and make recommendations to the 9Mobile Interim Board thereafter.

“The NCC and CBN will be duly notified once the 9Mobile Interim Board accepts Barclays’ recommendations and a winning bid is determined in accordance with the terms of the exercise.”



  1. Haruna Mustorpha Haruna Mustorpha January 14, 2018

    The NCC is really making it difficult for the bidders, huh.. I wish everyone good
    luck ! Meanwhile, thanks for the update sir.

  2. Harun Khalid Adeiza Harun Khalid Adeiza January 14, 2018

    This is impossible ! What’s going on! What about the Glo bids! Haa! I don’t understand again… They should really decide well!

  3. Ayo ade Ayo ade January 14, 2018

    After so much bribes must have been passed around

  4. Ismail Hassan Ismail Hassan January 19, 2018

    How could that be possible.. When the brands has tried a lot on spending their money and time… They should rethink about it wella.

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