#FuelSubsidy: Did Nigerian Government Order BlackBerry Messenger Shutdown?

Nigeria Newsdesk account tweeted that Nigeria Communication Commission had ordered the operators to shut down BlackBerry Messenger services to prevent the anti-fuel subsidy protesters coordinating their protests and sharing the news about the protest. Blogger Loy Okezie also reported the same on Techloy.

When I sought comment from RIM officials in Africa, Waldi Wepener, Regional Director for West, East and Central Africa at RIM said, “We do not comment on rumor or speculation.”


Nigeria Newsdesk later tweeted that NCC had reversed the order. It was not clear what was contained in the order or when it was issued.

Nigerians have today gone to the street opposing the move by their government to remove fuel subsidy which in turn leads to the rise in fuel cost. Nigeria is the 12th biggest oil producer and 8th largest exporter but the country still suffers major energy crisis which has stagnated the growth of its economy.

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Robert Alai is a respected Kenyan blogger, technical evangelist, and social justice activist. Robert is known for his hard-hitting articles and opinions disseminated through his Twitter handle or Facebook page. he is the founder of KahawaTungu.


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