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Government, mobile operators dragged to court

11 June 2013, 07:25 Augustine Osyande

Abuja - Residents in the areas that are under a state of emergency have dragged the Nigerian government and the country's mobile network companies to court for allegedly violating their communication rights.

This follows the political problems blamed on Boko Haram in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States where communications services were reportedly cut off.

Residents have sued the Attorney General of the Federation, National Communication Commission (NCC) and the four major mobile operators.

The four major mobile network operators in Nigeria comprise MTN, Airtel, Globacom and Etisalat.

The matter has been brought before the Federal High Court in Gombe.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Babatunde Quadir, on Monday suspended the service of the motion filed by the applicants due to the non-appearance of respondents.

He argued that an application of this nature which is based on infringement of human rights is very exceptional \ and must be heard and entertained by the court without any delay.

A new date has not been set for the case.

- CAJ News


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