Kaduna State Gov’t shuts down telecommunication service

Nasir El-Rufai

The Kaduna State Government has directed the shutdown of telecommunications services to check the influx of bandits from Zamfara and Katsina States.

Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who re-echoed the announcement by Governor Nasir El-Rufai while addressing reporters in Kaduna earlier today, also announced the ban of all motorcycles across the State for three months.

According to Mr Aruwan, relevant federal agencies have already informed the State Government that the processes for telecoms shutdown in parts of the State have commenced.

It was reported that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has asked residents to prepare for a shutdown of telecommunication services.

In a chat with some radio stations, the governor said security agents are prepared to launch an offensive on bandits taking refuge in some parts of the state.

El-Rufai said the shutdown would not cover the entire state, adding that only local government areas bordering the troubled Zamfara and Katsina states where military onslaught is ongoing will be affected.

El-Rufai, who spoke in Hausa, said due to the shutdown of telecommunication services in Zamfara and Katsina, some bandits crossed over to neighbouring local government areas in Kaduna to make phone calls and demand ransoms.

The governor said he had already written to the federal government on the shutdown which he said had been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.