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MTN wary of Boko Haram threats

04 April 2013, 15:38Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Nigeria's leading mobile network operator, MTN, says threats of attack on telecommunication installations by terrorist group Boko Haram still present a serious danger to its operations.

MTN Nigeria's Public Relations and Protocol Manager, Funso Aina, says that his mobile company was still taking stock of the total cost of the damage incurred as a result of Boko Haram’s destruction of its base stations.

About 500 of MTN base stations in Nigeria were taken off the network in 2012 after being targeted by the rag-tag militia, a move that badly affected the communication giant.

"The threat of attack on telecommunication installations by terrorists in Northern Nigeria is still a clear and present danger.

"But the government at all levels and security agencies are trying their best to forestall further attacks," Aina said.

The Boko Haram embarked on an unprecedented attack on MTN, Airtel, Globacom, Etisalat and fixed telephone landline – Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) facilities last year for allegedly supporting the government of President Goodluck Jonathan.

- CAJ News


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