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Why Airtel credited #1000 free airtime to Subscribers

Airtel Nigeria has finally revealed why it credited free airtime of N1,000 to its subscribers.

Airtel Nigeria has finally revealed that it credited its subscribers with N1,000 airtime and data as compensation for service disruptions on its network on Friday, October 16, 2020.

This was contained in messages sent by the network provider to its subscribers, informing them that the airtime and free data were compensation for service disruptions.

There had been social media reports that Airtel Nigeria was crediting its subscribers with free N1,000 airtime. While many of the subscribers did not know the reason for the unusual gesture by the network provider, they claimed it was a cyberattack by ‘Anonymous’ hackers after it had asked Airtel Nigeria subscribers to check their balance for N1,000 airtime.

Some others claimed that the free airtime was a giveaway to support the ongoing #EndSARS campaign in the country.

This is in line with the compensation policy of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for the industry.

A spate of hacks claimed to have been executed by an “Anonymous” hacker group had sparked rumours of bank accounts and Pay TV hacks on social media. Even some Federal Government agencies were not spared of the alleged hack by this same group.

On Sunday when MultiChoice’s customers found that restriction had been lifted on all channels on DStv and Gotv, they attributed it to cyberattacks perpetrated by ‘Anonymous’.

However, a representative of the company said the Pay-TV company was upgrading its system and had informed its subscribers via text messages last week.