LAGOS Oct 13 Nigerian lawmakers invited South
Africa's MTN, Nigeria's trade minister and four lenders
to appear at an "investigate hearing" on Oct. 20 over the
alleged illegal transfer of $14 billion out of the country.
The four lenders invited to appear before a senate committee
on banking, insurance and other financial institutions were
Stanbic IBTC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank,
Citibank and Diamond Bank, the senate
committee chairman said in a statement on Thursday.
MTN and Nigeria's Trade Minister Okechukwu Elenemah have
denied any wrongdoing.
Citi and Diamond Bank declined to comment on Thursday. A
spokesman for Stanbic was unavailable and Standard Chartered
said it would cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies.
(Reporting by Chijioke Ohuocha; Editing by Susan Fenton)