The use of thuraya phones in all states under emergency rule have been banned by the Joint Task Force, JTF.
This was made known on Wednesday by the Spokesman of the Joint Task Force, Sagir Musa. According to him the ban on thuraya became necessary as military intelligence revealed that terrorist have reportedly resorted to using thuraya phones to coordinate attacks ever since mobile communication was cut away.
He stated that Thuraya phones are based on satellite technology and do not rely on any of the existing GSM networks in Nigeria to function. The JTF said recent attacks on schools and killing of students by Boko Haram were carried out using thuraya devices.
The statement read: “The attention of the JTF has been drawn to the use of Thuraya phones by Boko Haram Terrorists to coordinate their recent assassination of civilians especially schools and some Imams”.
“Therefore, with effect from 19 June, 2013, the JTF impose ban on the use and sale of Thuraya phones and accessories including Thuraya recharge cards in Borno States, Anyone seen with Thuraya phones, recharge cards and accessories will be arrested.