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MTN & Airtel Report that their Masts are now Boko Haram Targets

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It appears that the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram has changed tactics in their persistent uprising and are now attacking telecommunication operations in Nigeria.

Telecommunication companies, MTN and Airtel have complained that their mobile phone masts are coming under attack from gunmen in northern Nigeria who may be trying to elude police trackers through their phones.

Their masts were yesterday attacked by gunmen, who are suspected to be members of Boko Haram.

In Kano, men on motorbikes destroyed MTN and Airtel mobile phone masts in the early hours of Wednesday.

Daily Times reports that in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, ten masts were burned to the ground on Wednesday morning and local residents complained there was no mobile telephone reception.

Also yesterday, the MTN office in Maiduguri was set ablaze. The MTN Regional Office in West- End on Baga Road and nine telecommunications masts belonging to various companies were attacked.

MTN’s spokeswoman Funmilayo Omogbenigun said, “We confirm that like all the other major telcos, some of MTN’s installations in northern Nigeria have been damaged by unknown persons. All the relevant government security agencies have been informed and we are receiving their full co-operation.”

The tactics often employed by the Boko Haram (Western education is a sin) sect still amazes me – Burning churches, schools, media houses, and now telecommunication companies. Nigerians are really tired of their operations and once again, we call on the Federal Government and security agencies to please put a stop to their operations.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

12 Comments

  1. ofilispeaks

    September 6, 2012 at 8:27 am

    I confuse.

  2. chike

    September 6, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Banks should know that their days are numbered as well…..

  3. bbb

    September 6, 2012 at 9:07 am

    boko is just the dumbest ..whatever they call them selves..really dont know what they are up to..burning mast? why cant they go and burn satellites too .. dumb people..God would reveal you guys soon in Jesus name.

  4. sugaplum

    September 6, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Calling on the Federal Government is useleSs these days, ‘cos instead of implementing measures that will make the life of the common man bearable, life in nigeria is getting harder by the day. it’s only God that can really help this country, I don’t see how else we can ever move forward.

  5. la belle

    September 6, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Dis re signs of end time, the new naira note n all… God pls save dis nation!!!

    • Tiki

      September 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      The new naira note is a sign of the endtime?

      My eyes have seen my ears, hian!

  6. X factor

    September 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

    The beginning of the end of northern Nigeria

  7. sylvy

    September 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

    u burn mast today….maybe 2moro u burn satelite, den we all will be in darkness….emmm, don’t 4get d high tension too…..Dumb ASS

    • purplepearl

      September 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      LMAO

  8. brandigest

    September 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Those nitwits are really serious in taking Nigeria to the 17th Century… maybe not Nigeria, but the North.
    http://www.brandigest.wordpress.com

  9. iamfascinating

    September 13, 2012 at 6:18 am

  10. Vj

    September 24, 2012 at 10:47 am

    God is d rewarder of all. as they are burning mast, their own communication will be affected too. They are all anti-christ preparing the way for the devil to rule. I pray God to open their eyes in Jesus name.

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