The Nigerian Communications Commission has issued a statement to deny that there was any directive to GSM operators to shut down BlackBerry services in the country in the wake of public protests against the recent fuel subsidy removal.
The full statement:
THE NCC’S POSITION ON BLACKBERRY SERVICES
The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been drawn to an information making rounds that the NCC had at a meeting this morning agreed with CEOs of telecommunications networks to shutdown Blackberry Services in order to deny Nigerians the use of that very important social network.
The Management hereby states categorically that there was never such a meeting held, nor was there ever a resolution to shut down Blackberry services. The Public is please advised to disregard such information.
The Commission enjoins the network operators to continue to provide all telecommunication services, including Blackberry Services without fail.
Director, Public Affairs