20 July 2013

Nigeria: GSM Services Partially Restored in Maiduguri

Maiduguri — Two months after the suspension of mobile phone services, residents of Maiduguri yesterday reached out to the outside world following the restoration of GSM networks.

The network is, however, restricted to the state capital while other parts of the state remained off air.

Our correspondent reports that telephone services were disconnected on May 16, 2013, two days after the declaration of state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.

Use of satellite phone (Thuraya) was also criminalized by military authorities, a development that grounded communications and directly affected social and economic activities.

GSM services had been restored in Adamawa and Yobe States and the appearance of signals in Maiduguri rekindled hope in the minds of residents.

The services which came up around 9.30am prompted many people who had earlier gone out for their businesses to go back and to pick their handsets.

A credible security source said GSM services would be restricted to the city for the next few days while other parts of the state will remain without mobile services.

"Mobile services will be restricted to Maiduguri for now so that we would gauge the situation," security sources said.

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