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A Radio Biafra transmitter installed on an MTN mast in Enugu has been confiscated by Ericsson Nigeria.
This disclosure was made by the managing director, Johan Jemdahl, in a signed statement. Jemdahl explained that the transmitter had been confiscated and the authorities had been informed.
The firm who manage MTN masts across the country said that it views the incident in an very serious light explaining that the contract employee who installed the transmitter had been discharged of his responsibilities with the firm and taken into police custody, The Guardian reports.
The statement reads: “Illegal FM transmitting equipment was discovered connected to an outsourced MTN mast, managed by Ericsson, in Enugu in Eastern Nigeria. The equipment was immediately confiscated and the authorities were notified. A contractor to Ericsson has subsequently been taken into police custody after his involvement was discovered. He has been discharged from his contracted responsibilities with Ericsson.
“Ericsson views this incident in an extremely serious light. It is the result of a violation of its process that permits access to its mast sites. As a result, Ericsson has initiated immediate action to foil any similar attempts. All mast sites in Enugu and Port Harcourt regions have been audited while FM scanning was conducted. Critical attention was given to all high masts and sites located in mountainous areas, i.e. locations attractive for illegal activities. In addition, the Site Access Process will be reviewed for all employees and third parties.
“We sincerely regret the unfortunate incident, which violates our code of business ethics and code of conduct, contracted responsibilities as well as our company’s values.”
The contract employee, David Nwawuisi is currently standing trial alongside the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
According to an MTN source who pleaded anonymity, Nwawuisi was able to install the transmitters because he worked with Ericsson Nigeria Limited, as an employee of one of the companies to which the telecommunications firm outsources the maintenance of its base stations.
Another source said: “The transmitters, which were used in boosting the signals of Radio Biafra allegedly transmitted from London, the United Kingdom, were discovered by the security agencies on MTN masts in Enugu and Anambra states.”
Another suspect, Benjamin Madubugwu, was alleged to have helped in the installation of the transmitters in Anambra state in connection with IPOB engineers.
Meanwhile, Ralph Uwazuruike, who was expelled by a faction of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra led by Uchenna Madu, a former national director of information, said that