May 23, 2013
Nigeria's mobile phone blackout
Mobile phones across northeast Nigeria have been cut off for seven days, reports Aljazeera.
This is because of the state of emergency in the sates of Borno Yobe and Adamawa. The military, state security service, police, the government, and president’s office have not spoken officially about why this decision was taken, and how long the network will be shut down for.
Sources in the military, speaking unofficially, have explained this is part of the strategy to stop Boko Haram. The military says Boko Haram fighters are using mobile phones to communicate, re-group and reinforce. Cutting off the mobile phone network is a way of making sure that does not happen.
Soldiers are communicating via radio or Thuraya satellite phones.
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