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Concerns as network shutdown in Sokoto, Zamfara fail to stop killings, abductions

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The shutdown of telecommunications in Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina States have been hailed as an efficient technique to finish banditry in Northwest, nonetheless, DAILY POST investigation reveals in any other case.

Up to now two months, governors of Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina States have instituted totally different measures to curb banditry of their states.

Components of the measures embrace ban on gross sales of petroleum merchandise in jerry cans, ban on weekly markets, ban of telephone charging outlets and different stringent measures.

Of all of the measures, the suspension of telecommunications providers has been essentially the most controversial. In keeping with the federal government, the measure will cut back the impacts of informants and cut back coordination by bandits.

Whereas there have been circumstances of mass surrendering by bandits, nonetheless, the stringent measures haven’t stopped circumstances of killings by bandits within the area.

It might be recalled that DAILY POST had reported the grotesque homicide of 43 individuals by gunmen in Goronyo Native Authorities Space within the Jap Senatorial District of Sokoto State.

The weird assault occurred on the weekly market in the neighborhood when gunmen opened fireplace on merchants and patrons available in the market.

Additionally, in October, there was one other assault in Ungwan Lalle market in Sabon Birni Native Authorities of Sokoto State, leaving 20 individuals lifeless after sporadic taking pictures by bandits.

The argument by the federal government that shutdown of community will cut back the capabilities of bandits to coordinate ransom assortment was put to check when bandits kidnapped Iorliam Jennifer, a potential corps member in Zamfara State.

In keeping with stories, Ms Jennifer was kidnapped in Zamfara State whereas on her solution to NYSC orientation camp in Kebbi State.

Media report signifies that the households have been contacted for N2 million ransom for her launch. This growth raises extra query on the effectiveness of the coverage by the federal government.

DAILY POST had reported the kidnapping of the inlaw to ex-governor Abdulaziz Yari in the course of the shutdown of networks.

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Tambuwal needs finish to community shutdown

Governor Aminu Tambuwal, within the aftermath of the Goronyo assault, stated the state had written to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economic system, Isa Pantami and the Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC) for the suspension to be lifted.

Tambuwal acknowledged this when he obtained the governors of Northeast.

There have additionally been stories of bandits transferring to different states to hunt haven. On Tuesday, bandits reportedly killed individuals in a mosque, in a recent assault in Niger State.

Zamfara residents lament

Residents of those states proceed to bear the the ache of the shutdown of the telecommunications community in these states. The measures have additional compounded the already dire financial state of affairs within the state.

As a result of safety state of affairs within the state, residents of Zamfara State, who spoke to DAILY POST lamented the impression of the coverage and the lack of the federal government to meat its obligations.

Usman Dangani, a pensioner within the state questioned why the federal government can present ingenious for ‘repentant bandits’ however unable to pay pension and gratuity.

He stated that the state authorities can spend hundreds of thousands of Naira for any bandit that claims to have surrendered his outdated arms and ammunition however the identical authorities had refused to pay pensioners their gratuity even their constitutional month-to-month salaries.

Aminu Maisare, one other pensioner within the state stated the fiscal disaster within the state is making issues more durable for the residents.

Whereas authorities continues to hunt out measures to handle the state of affairs, the tales of residents of the area is blended in direction of the present coverage of community shutdown.

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