State of Emergency: FG restores GSM services in Borno (Reports)

by Rachel Ogbu


The Nigerian government has lifted the suspension on mobile telephone services in Borno State.

Since May 2013,  telecommunication services had been restricted in Borno which is known to be the hotbed of the Boko Haram insurgency, The Federal Government suspended all GSM services following the declaration of a State of Emergency there.

Earlier this month, Adamawa and Yobe, also had their telephone services restored.

[READ: Terrorism: Boko Haram attacks again killing 15 people in Borno ]

Premium Times reports:

Satellite phones, which were becoming popular among middle class and rich residents, were also banned by security forces, who used the telephone black-out as a tactic to limit communication among members of the insurgents.

The defence headquarters spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, told Reuters that the telephone services were restored “in reaction to the improved security situation and to relax the environment and ease tensions.

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