Phone lines in Borno State have been shut down by the Nigerian Millitary as they continue to raid camps of the Boko Haram rebels.
According to Nigeria’s NewsPremium newspaper, telephone users from Borno State in the North East area of Nigeria, woke up to a “No service” as they tried to reach their contacts.
This has been the first major shut down of telephone lines since the last experience that lasted about six months until it was restored on December 3, 2013. Phone services were frozen from May until December in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe after the government imposed a state of emergency.
The newspaper also stated that the Spokesman of the7 -Division of the Nigeria Army, Muhammed Dole, explained the development as a military strategy at fighting the terrorists group. “We all know the inconveniences that this might have brought, but it is a necessary and temporary measure that will not take long time”.
Mr. Dole enjoined residents to consider the situation as a necessary sacrifice as everyone has to make in the cause of bringingback the much desired lasting peace.
Residents of Maiduguri are worried about shut down and hope it does not turn out to be a long lasting situation. More than 1 000 people have been killed in the northeast since last May,despite an enhanced military presence.
As a result of the violence by Boko Haram militants which has raged since 2009,thousands of lives have been claimed but has been particularly brutal in recent weeks, with some 500 people killed in suspected Islamist attacks since the start of the year. Despite an increased military presence in the state still the worst hit by militant attacks are villages in remote, rural areas near Borno’s border with Cameroon.