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BREAKING: Nigerian Government Orders Telcos To Shut Down Mobile Phone Services In Zamfara As Bandits Take Over State

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The Nigerian authorities has ordered all telecom operators to close down their networks in Zamfara State.

Umar Garba Danbatta, Govt Vice Chairman and Chief Govt Officer of the Nigerian Communications Fee in a letter to all telecom operators on Friday mentioned the motion was one of many methods taken by safety operatives in curbing banditry ravaging the state.



“The pervading safety scenario in Zamfara State has necessitated an instantaneous shutting down of all telecommunications service within the state from immediately September 03, 2021.

“That is to allow related safety businesses perform required actions in the direction of addressing the safety problem within the state, in keeping with the requirement, Globacom is hereby directed to close down all websites in Zamfara State and any website(s) in neighboring state that would present telecommunications service in Zamfara State.

“The positioning shutdown is for 2 weeks (September 03 – 17, 2021) within the first occasion. Your pressing motion on this regard is required,” a duplicate of the letter despatched to Globacom Nigeria reads.



Nonetheless, checks by SaharaReporters confirmed that each one the main networks had been nonetheless working as at 11pm on Friday, besides Airtel that was off in some areas.

There’s suspicion among the many residents that they might shut down anytime quickly.

The Zamfara State Authorities 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.

Equally, the federal government suspended the transportation of livestock to and from the state, saying the transportation of meals throughout the state and out of doors Zamfara should be verified.

It confused that the vacation spot of the meals should be authenticated in any other case, it might be seized and brought to the orphanage.

The brand new guidelines additional embody the banning of using on bikes and tricycles from 6pm to 6am within the state, besides the state capital which begins from 8pm to 6am day by day.

“Moreover, any tricycle that’s coated will probably be stopped to confirm its passengers, in any other case will probably be apprehended,” the assertion learn.

“Governor Matawalle reiterated the ban on greater than two individuals using a motorbike and warned that those that break the regulation stand the chance of being shot at by safety operatives.”

The federal government 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.

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