Boko Haram: Telecoms Firms Deactivate 38 Million Lines

As Nigerian security agencies intensifies operations to comply with President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to eradicate insurgency within three months, mobile telecommunications operating companies and their subscribers have started to bear the brunt with the deactivation of 37.79 million mobile lines resulting in a daily loss of N251.94 million revenues.

Several attacks carried out by militants fighting the Nigerian government and its people in the north east of the country and Abuja, the federal capital territory, were coordinated by the terrorist group, Boko Haram using mobile telephone lines.

Starting from last Wednesday, MTN, Airtel, Glo and Etisalat, the four leading mobile operators in the country, took their subscribers by surprise by deactivating all lines with unregistered or improperly registered mobile subscriber data on their networks.

This has resulted in a deluge of crowds at the various service centres of the operators round the country.

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