Nigeria Election: Ignore fraudulent messages on network shut down – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said all fraudulent messages on networks that have been shut down in the country should be ignored.

Dr Reuben Muoka, the NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, stated this in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja.

According to Muoka, the NCC was alerted to fake and misleading information circulating on social media channels.

He stated that the platforms implied that all telecom networks and key ICT Units, including bank online transfer capabilities, would be shut down starting today, Feb. 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 stated that the Commission had obtained clear indications from all service providers that all network services were now performing optimally.

“No network will witness any deliberate shutdown or disruptions, especially at this very crucial period of general elections in the country,” he said.

He assured all users of telecommunications and banking services utilising network facilities of continued optimal service delivery before, during, and after the general elections in Nigeria.

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