Mixed reactions have trailed the shutting down of some telecommunications stations by the Kogi State government over alleged tax defaults.

The telecom blackout, which has lasted for some weeks, has affected several businesses.

Residents, who spoke to BOUNCE NEWS, said the telecom seizure was first noticed in Felele, Nataco, Sarkin-noma, Kabawa areas but has extended to Phase 2 areas, Army Barracks and Zango.

The blackout in communication has made them to seek alternative networks but none seems to be effective.

An Airtel subscriber in Lokoja, Omale James, said he had been unable to make calls, receive calls and access internet services with his line since the facilities were sealed.

On his part, an MTN subscriber, Ogbole Moses said he had been experiencing fluctuating network services on his line in the past few weeks.

They called on the telecommunications service providers and the state government to urgently find ways of resolving the impasse.

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In the same vein, those in the banking sector and security agencies in the state have also raised concerns over the negative impacts on their trade.

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The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators (ALTON) had raised alarm that 10 states and parts of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) may soon face telecommunications services blackout following tax disputes between Kogi Government and mobile network operators.

The states to be affected include, Nasarawa, Benue, Enugu, Anambra, Edo, Ondo, Ekiti, Kwara and Niger.

Adebayo alleged that the tax and levies being demanded by Kogi was ‘unusual’ as they had nothing to do with telecommunications services.

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