Thursday, 6 September 2012

North Nigeria Mobile Phone Towers Attacked.

 One week after men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) raided a house of suspected key Commander of the Boko Haram sect where they recovered 54 assorted GSM Sim Cards among other arms and ammunitions in Dala ward of Maiduguri metropolis, some people suspected to be terrorists have set ablaze the Regional office of MTN and nine telecommunication masts belonging to different companies, even as four people alleged to be Igbos were also killed in Gwange ward.

It would be recalled that early this year, the Boko Haram sect had issued a statement that the telecommunication industry in Nigeria is one of their target.

It was gathered that the MTN regional office in West- End area, along Baga road of Maiduguri metropolis was set ablaze at about 2am on Wednesday, the office houses all the communication facilities of the frontline GSM operators in the country.

Also set ablaze Wednesday are the telecommunication Masts in Dala, Bulunkutu, Bayan Quarters, Gwange, Sulimanti, Bolori, Adam Kolo and Bulabulin wards of the metropolis.

An eye witness said that the Bulumkutu mast was burnt down by some armed youths at about 8pm on Tuesday.

In a related development, four people suspected to be Igbos were killed by some terrorists who invaded a house occupied by Yorubas and Igbos.

A neighbour of the four people killed old newsmen that they had a strange voice, crying for help, in the house where some of the deceased were staying, but to no avail, as the 9pm curfew could not allow them to see what was happening.

He said, until on Wednesday morning when the news filtered from the house that four people were killed in the neighbouring house.

 MTN acknowledged in a statement Thursday that “attacks have been made on some of its installations in northern Nigeria by unknown persons” and that customers may experience outright network failure following the attacks. Typically, a mobile phone will continue to seek a signal at another nearby tower, meaning networks can quickly be overloaded if towers go offline.

“We are intensifying efforts to restore normal services as soon as possible,” MTN executive Akinwale Goodluck said in the statement.

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