Army Rules out Lifting Communication Blackout in Borno, Articles

November 25, 2013 10:39 AM

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Authorities of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Borno State said yesterday that they did not have any immediate plan to re-open blocked mobile telephone in the state.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the GOC of the division, Major General Obidah Ethan, announced this when he spoke with journalists in Maiduguri.

All the GSM networks in the state were blocked in May this year, immediately after the federal government declared a state of emergency to enable it checkmate Boko Haram insurgents.

Ethan, while reacting to the calls by residents of the state to restore the GSM networks, noted that the blockage had ensured the success of military operations against the insurgents.

“What I will say is that for now, the GSM blockage is helping our operations.

“But, if the situation improves, we might think of reviewing the issue,'' he said.

Ethan advised the people, especially parents, who wished to maintain regular contacts with their children in school, to seek alternative ways of communicating with them pending the re-opening of the networks.


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