Mobile operator Cora has decided to pull out of Cote D’Ivoire after an incident last Thursday "following the aggression that we were victims of by M Galley and around 20 armed police under the orders of the Commandant of the Gendarmerie, we have been forced to quit Cote D’Ivoire until there is order. This aggression (the third time this year) has taken place again despite us having received assurances from the highest level of Government that it would not happen again. Our employees are being abused and physically menaced, certain of them have been obliged to remain in their posts under the guns of the police forcing them to send our customers’ money to them."

"M Galley and his accomplices have pillaged our offices and stolen several million francs. This was money paid by our customers that has disappeared into the hands of M Galley and his accomplices despite the assurances on security that we received from the Government." It has cut its service to its subscribers.

And perhaps this is a contagious phenomenen. Cellular company Orange has closed for business in certain locations, particularly Marcory Boulevard Giscard D’Estaing. This was after a similar incident to that suffered by Cora.

(So when will the Ivorian Government take action against M Galley and his "policemen"?)