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GSM blackout counterproductive

08 July 2013, 11:00

Abuja - Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, called on government to consider restoring Global System Mobile (GSM) Communications network services to the three states under a state of emergency.

Gaidam said cutting the states off was counterproductive as residents were struggling to report perpetrators terror in the regions.

In early June, Nigeria declared a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States after a series of terrorist attacks blamed on the outlawed Boko Haram sect.

To curb such attacks, government cut off connections to the states with the hope of curtailing communication among the terrorists.

"Residents are now willing to give security agents relevant and timely information, but reaching the Joint Task Force has been the major barrier of residents and other communities that would want to cooperate with JTF and the Police," Gaidam said.

He pointed out that some residents witnessed gunmen attack schools in the suburbs of Damaturu, but could not report to the JTF because of a lack of GSM connection.

Thousands have been killed in attacks blamed on Boko Haram, the latest serious casualties being more than 40 killed at a boarding school in Yobe.

- CAJ News


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