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More GSM Masts Attacked in Bauchi, Maiduguri, Mubi, Yobe

| September 8, 2012 More

Yola, Lagos, Bauchi, Maiduguri and Damaturu โ€” More burnt telecoms masts were yesterday discovered in some part of Maiduguri metropolis just as residents are now groaning over poor communication network.

Our reporter, who went round the metropolis yesterday saw burnt masts in Shuhuri 1 opposite NNPC Mega station, Biu road and Old Maiduguri in Jere local government.

Meanwhile, MTN management said yesterday that attack on its installations and other telecommunication companies could cause congestion or outright network failure.

In a statement, MTN Corporate Services Executive, Mr. Akinwale Goodluck, said the attacks by unknown persons had caused service challenges in parts of the North as sensitive hub sites had also been affected.

“We confirm that like all the other major telecommunication operators, some of MTN’s installations in Northern Nigeria have been damaged by unknown persons. As far as we are aware, there were no fatalities as a result of these attacks and we are receiving full co-operation from the relevant government security agencies” he said.

And in Bauchi State, the police command has commenced investigations into the attack of the telecommunication masts in the state.

Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Hassan Mohammed Auyo, said from the preliminary investigations Airtel and GLO masts along Gombe road and Game Village area of Bauchi metropolis were attacked, saying the general public should assist the police with useful information that will help them to arrest criminals.

In Damaturu, explosion and gunshots started at around 7:30pm along Gashua Road. Our correspondent reports that Yobe State Pilgrims Commission Headquarters and Yobe State Fire Service vehicles were burnt n to ashes in addition to burning four GSM masts.

And in Mubi in Adamawa State, unidentified gunmen attacked and damaged several mobile phone masts on Wednesday night, including those belonging to MTN and Airtel and Glo. Two persons were killed during the attack, it was gathered.

The attacks took place at Sabon Layi, Wuro Patuji, Kolere and Polytechnic roads. Residents said at least five masts were burnt to ashes.

The state police command confirmed the incident, saying two persons were killed in the attack.

Kayode Ekundayo, Yahaya Ibrahim, Ahmed Mohammed, Hamisu Kabiru Matazu and Ibrahim Abdul’aziz

Category: Bauchi State News

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