In the wake of increasing co-ordinated protests around the country against the fuel subsidy removal, feelers are that the government of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria have issued directives to mobile operators to shut down Blackberry services in the country.
Mobility blog has been unable to confirm this information, but the press is awash with it anyway.
If such a directive has indeed been given, it will appear that the Nigerian government are aware that mobile is mightier than the gun in today’s world. Mobile devices were critical to some of the well co-ordinated public protests in a number of countries in recent times, including the united Kingdom, Tunisia, and Egypt.
According to The Punch’s Twitter handle, protest organisers are asking Nigerians to download the CNN ireport apps from other phones and use those to send stories and pictures if BIS (Blackberry Internet Service) is shut tomorrow Tuesday.
Some protesters were arrested today in Abuja and kept in custody at the anti-robbery unit there.
Several more peaceful protests have been scheduled in major cities and towns across Nigeria for tomorrow.