The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has advised Nigerians to ignore all bogus claims about network shutdowns across the nation.
In a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja, Dr. Reuben Muoka, the NCC’s director of public affairs, stated as much.
Muoka said the NCC’s attention was drawn to fraudulent and misleading information circulating in some social media platforms.
He said that the platforms insinuated there was a planned shutdown of all telecom networks and relevant ICT Units, including online transfer facilities of the banks, with effect from February 23.
“The Nigerian public, consumers of telecommunications services, and all bank customers are advised to ignore these or similar messages that insinuate deliberate network shutdown or disruption of services in the Nigerian telecom network.
“These malicious and subversive messages originated and are being circulated by fraudsters and unscrupulous elements in the society with the intent to cause chaos and panic among the populace.”
He claimed that all of the service providers had given the Commission clear guarantees that all network services were operating at peak efficiency.
“No network will witness any deliberate shutdown or disruptions, especially at this very crucial period of general elections in the country,” he said.
He gave the assurance that everyone who used banking and telecommunications services through network facilities would continue to receive the best possible service before to, during, and after the general elections in Nigeria.