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NCC: New mobile Internet subscriptions declined to 2.51 million amid Lockdown

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NCC: New mobile Internet subscriptions declined to 2.51 million amid Lockdown

Mobile network operators NCC gained a total of 2.51 million new Internet users in April when residents in Lagos, Ogun, Abuja and other states observed the government-imposed lockdown. Statistics obtained from the Nigerian Communications Commission on Monday showed that the industry gained the lowest number of new Internet users in April.

The mobile operators had in March added 4.18 million new Internet users while they added 3.28 million new Internet users in February. In January, the industry gained 2.64 million new Internet users.

Also, the number of new Internet users added to the networks in April is lower than that of the corresponding period in 2019 when the service providers added 3.57 million Internet subscribers.

The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown had necessitated the adoption of work-from-home policy by many organisations with workers leveraging the Internet to communicate, hold meetings and execute important tasks.

Also, students who had been asked to stay away from school continued learning virtually while others leveraged the Internet for gaming and entertainment.

The latest data obtained from the NCC showed that the industry’s total Internet users climbed to 138.34 million at the end of April from 135.83 in March 2020.

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The closure of shops in April may have affected the capacity of operators to serve customers that needed new SIM cards.

Globacom gained the highest number of new subscribers in April, adding 2.07 million new Internet users to its network to reach 35.94 million subscribers as against 33.87 million users in March.

MTN added 698,593 new Internet users to its network during the lockdown, achieving a total of 57.98 million Internet as of April ending as against 57.28 million in March this year.

Airtel gained 41,791 new Internet subscribers during the lockdown to reach 36.87 million users from 36.83 million Internet subscribers in March.

The data indicated that 9mobile continued its losing trend with a loss of 302,125 Internet users in April down to 7.46 million subscribers in April as against 7.76 million users in May.

Subscribers on Visafone spectrum owned by MTN remained the same at 88,818 Internet users.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), announced a lockdown of activities in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun, for four weeks, which started on March 31, 2020.

Some states, including Osun and Ekiti states, also announced a total lockdown and restriction of movement of residents except for those on essential duties.

However, commercial activities resumed on May 4 in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun after the government announced the gradual easing of the restrictions introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Also, telecoms operators recorded a total of 190.48 million subscribers as of April 2020, according to the latest monthly report on subscribers from the NCC.

In just one month of lockdown, the industry statistics showed that the telcos gained 1.49 million new subscribers as March subscriber base stood at 188.99 million.

The data showed that MTN gained the highest number of new subscribers in the month under review, adding 1.1 million subscribers to its network to reach 74.67 million customers.

Airtel, for the first time this year, lost 40,496 customers down to 51.26 million users in April from 51.29 million in March.

Globacom also lost 17,824 mobile subscribers in April, dropping to 51.84 million GSM users as against 51.86 million mobile customers in March 2020.

9mobile, for the first in more than one year, added 444,903 new mobile users to its network, rising to 12.56 million mobile users in April from 12.12 million subscribers in March.

Subscribers on Visafone remained constant at 137,086.

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Basketball: Nigeria Defeats USA Men’s Basketball Team 90-87 in a Scrimmage Matchup

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Basketball: Nigeria Defeats USA Basketball Team

Nigeria’s D’Tigers stunned the US Men’s Basketball team 90-87 in an exhibition game played on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

 

D’Tigers who lost 156-73 to the US team at the London 2012 Olympics put up an incredible performance despite the sterling performances of Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum and Damian Lillard.

Miami Heat’s Gabe Vincent put up a tremendous performance as he hit six three pointers of the 20 Nigeria recorded in the match.

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D’Tigers who won the 2015 Afrobasket in Tunisia continue to intensify their preparations under the tutelage of Mike Brown ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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Niger Currently has 20 IDP Camps – NSEMA

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Niger Currently has 20 IDP Camps – NSEMA

The Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) has disclosed that the state currently has 20 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the state.

The Director-General of the Agency, Alhaji Ibrahim Inga, disclosed this to newsmen when the Victims Support Fund made an assessment tour of the Gwada IDP camp in Shiroro Local Government Area.

According to Inga, the burden of taking care of the IDPs is taking a toll on the state government because of the dwindling resources of the state government, stressing that the government resources can no longer sustain the displaced people for long.

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Inga further explained that the majority of the displaced persons are still in the camp because their communities are not safe for them to return.

He expressed concern over the fact that it is only the state government and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs that have reached out to the displaced persons in the camp, calling on other humanitarian agencies and development partners to reach out to the people.

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NDLEA Nabs Uber Driver, 2 Traffickers with Cocaine in Lagos

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NDLEA Nabs Uber Driver, 2 Traffickers with Cocaine in Lagos

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested an Uber driver, and two other suspected traffickers with different quantities of cocaine at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Babafemi said the Uber driver, Lawal Tunde Rasheed, was arrested at the Skyway Aviation Handling Company Plc, export shed of the airport on Tuesday, June 8.

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He added that Rasheed was arrested when he brought a consignment from his client to a freight forwarder for export to Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.

According to him, when the package was searched, 150grammes of cocaine, concealed inside two pieces of air freshener were discovered.

He further noted that investigations have so far confirmed that the suspects were behind two seizures of 50grammes of cocaine in hair attachment and another 150grammes of cocaine concealed in air freshener, heading to Malabo.

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