The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it didn't anoint any preferred bidder to acquire 9mobile.
Some newspaper publications had alleged that a preferred bidder has been anointed by NCC to acquire 9Mobile and thereby speculated on the outcome of the ownership transfer process.
But NCC in a statement Thursday said the Barclays Africa remained 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", the statement signed NCC's spokesman Tony Ojobo said.
The statement further said: "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.