The TODAY SPLASH gathered that the development was not unconnected to the N42bn debt owed mobile operators by banks.
The telco had also reduced the banks’ commission from an average of 3.5 per cent to 2.5 per cent which predicated the actions of the banks.
The banks had written MTN to revert to the old commission, otherwise, they would block MTN airtime in all their channels.
The banks, except Zenith Bank which was connected directly to MTN, subsequently blocked MTN from their banking channels, leaving many MTN subscribers frustrated as they were unable to recharge airtime via USSD amid the Easter celebrations.
MTN holds the largest share of the mobile market in Nigeria, accounting for about half of the total mobile subscribers in the country.