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Insecurity : Sokoto shuts down telecommunications networks in 14 LGAs


Sokoto State government on Monday announced the shutting down of telecommunications networks in 14 of the 23 local government areas of the state as part of the efforts to check banditry.

The State Governor Aminu Tambuwal hinted about  the measure on Monday, in an interview with Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service.

Tambuwal said the state secured approval from the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isah Pantami, before enforcing the ban on Monday.

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According to him, the affected council areas are the most vulnerable to bandit attacks in the state.

The governor said following the ban in Zamfara, bandits have intensified attacks in Sokoto.

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He said the measure has proved successful in Zamfara, as a result of which the bandits were fleeing from the state to Sokoto.

“Due to the ongoing military successes in Zamfara State, the bandits are fleeing to Sokoto,” the governor said.

Mr Tambuwal said the network ban is effective in Dange Shuni, Tambuwal, Sabon Birni, Raba, Tureta, Goronyo, Tangaza and Isa local government areas amongst others.

The governments of the two North-west states announced the suspension of telecommunications networks and banned weekly markets and sale of petrol in jerry cans, among other drastic measures to check the activities of bandits.

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‘’Isa local government area shares boundaries with Shinkafi LGA in Zamfara State, while Goronyo and Sabon Birni from west and north respectively have borders with the Republic of Niger in the east,’’ said the governor.

He said the seven governors of the region had agreed on the network ban to flush out the bandits but this could not be done.

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