The Nigerian Communications Commission has ordered all telecom operators to shut down their networks in Zamfara State.
This was contained in one of the letters addressed to telecom operators, by the executive vice chairman of the commission, Umar Danbatta, on Friday.
The commission stated that the action was one of the strategies taken by security operatives in curbing banditry ravaging the state.
The statement partly read, “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.”
Bandits on Thursday abducted unspecified number of students of Government Day Secondary School, Kaya in Maradun Local Government Area of the state.
Maradun is the home town of Governor Bello Matawalle.
Zamfara is one of the states most affected by banditry in Northern Nigeria. Hundreds of people have been killed or kidnapped in the past year by the armed men in the state.