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Nigeria Government Sued For Shutting Phone Services

A Nigerian rights group has requested a "perpetual injunction" from the court to prevent the government from shutting down telecommunication networks in any part of the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami are barred from halting communication services, according to the order.

The petition to court by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) comes three months after the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) ordered all telecommunications networks in some states in the north-western area to be suspended.

This came after the military launched an attack against bandits accused for the region's high rate of kidnappings and murders. The NCC has been named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Bandits operating primarily in northwestern Nigeria were said to be utilizing phones to coordinate their operations and obtain information about troop movements from community informants.

In October, the administration of Sokoto requested that telecommunication services be restored in 14 local government areas across the region, citing "concerns expressed by security organizations in the state that the outage was hurting the smooth performance of their job."

Security officials are fighting to stop a wave of kidnappings that began in December 2020 and has abducted thousands of people, mostly students.

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