The Nigerian authorities has ordered all telecom operators to close down their networks in Zamfara State.
Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission in a letter to all telecom operators on Friday stated the motion was one of many methods taken by safety operatives in curbing banditry ravaging the state.
“The pervading security situation in Zamfara State has necessitated an immediate shutting down of all telecommunications service in the state from today September 03, 2021.
“This is to enable relevant security agencies carry out required activities towards addressing the security challenge in the state, in line with the requirement, Globacom is hereby directed to shut down all sites in Zamfara State and any site(s) in neighboring state that could provide telecommunications service in Zamfara State.
“The site shutdown is for two weeks (September 03 – 17, 2021) in the first instance. Your urgent action in this regard is required,” a duplicate of the letter despatched to Globacom Nigeria reads.
However, checks by SaharaReporters confirmed that every one the foremost networks have been nonetheless working as at 11pm on Friday, besides Airtel that was off in some areas.
There is suspicion among the many residents that they could shut down anytime quickly.
The Zamfara State Government had final Friday additionally introduced some new measures aimed toward tackling the rising actions of bandits within the state.
These included the restriction of gasoline gross sales to the state capital and the headquarters of the native authorities areas and suspension of all weekly markets throughout the state.
Similarly, the federal government suspended the transportation of livestock to and from the state, saying the transportation of meals throughout the state and outdoors Zamfara have to be verified.
It burdened that the vacation spot of the meals have to be authenticated in any other case, it could be seized and brought to the orphanage.
The new guidelines additional embrace the banning of driving on bikes and tricycles from 6pm to 6am within the state, besides the state capital which begins from 8pm to 6am daily.
“Furthermore, any tricycle that is covered will be stopped to verify its passengers, otherwise will be apprehended,” the assertion learn.
“Governor Matawalle reiterated the ban on more than two persons riding a motorcycle and warned that those who break the law stand the risk of being shot at by security operatives.”
The authorities urged the individuals of the state to adjust to the measures to keep away from unlucky incidents, saying safety operatives can be empowered to deal with offenders as suspected bandits.