On May 14, President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three northern states including Borno and Adamawa, where thousands had died from bomb and gun attacks by Boko Haram and other Islamist insurgents.
Troops deployed to the states cut mobile network to the three states in the same week to disrupt Boko Haram’s operations. Satellite phones were also banned.
Service was returned to Adamawa last week but there is still no signal in Borno, the state worst affected by Boko Haram’s violence.
A taxi driver in Damaturu, Inua Sani, believed the telecommunication services were restored due to an improvement in the security.
“They took away the network because of the security situation, now that we have it back means Yobe is gradually moving away from the bad times into good,” he said.
Despite the optimism, recent events showed that Boko Haram – the strongest terrorist group in the country – will prove almost impossible to stamp out using military means alone, since the sect’s members inhabit a vast, semi-desert area with porous borders with Chad, Cameroon and Niger.
The sect recently attacked a boarding school in