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GSM Service Restored in Adamawa…Remain Barred in Borno, Yobe

The defence headquarters on Thursday authorised the restoration of GSM services in Adamawa State.


Adamawa, along with Borno and Hone states had been barred from telecommunication service since May wglhile emergency rule was proclaimed in all three in June.


In a statement signed by the director of defence information, ChrisOlukolade, the defence headquarters said “the restoration of GSM services was sequel to positive indications in the ongoing security evaluation of the situation in states affected by the state of emergency, declared by the Federal Government”.


“This development is in line with the planned phased restoration of the facility in response to the reality of the situation in the states.This measure is also in consideration of the various appeals,” the statement added.


But Yobe and Borno states still remain barred from communication services even after several passionate appeals from the governor ofYobe State, Ibrahim Gaidam, following an attack on a secondary school boarding facility in the state in which 33 lives were lost.


Gaidam said the criminals who attacked the school in Mamudo town, were sighted by people in the town some hours before the attack but could not report the suspicious movement to the Joint Task Force, JTF because there was no GSM service.


The House of Representatives had also lent its voice to the call for GSM service to be restored in the state.


However, the statement from the military headquarters in Abuja said telecom services will be restored in the other states “as soon as the evaluation indicates sufficient clearance for the release.”