Zamfara: FG shuts down telecom services as security forces begin operation

The Federal Government has shut down telecommunication services in Zamfara as joint forces commence a major general operation.

On Friday, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) directed the providers to promptly comply.

Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman wrote a memo titled “Re: Shutdown of All Telecom Sites in Zamfara State” to the Chief Executive Officers of the firms.

The EVC said the decision would allow relevant security agencies to carry out required activities to curtail the security challenges.

“The pervading security situation in Zamfara State has necessitated an immediate shut down of all telecom services in the state from today, September 3, 2021,” the letter read.

All operators are to shut down all sites in Zamfara and any site(s) in neighbouring states that could provide communication service to the state.

Danbatta added that the order is for two (2) weeks (September 03-17, 2021) in the first instance.

“Your urgent action in this regard is required”, the NCC chief told the companies.

Zamfara is a hotbed of banditry which got out of control in recent years. Criminals kidnap and murder at will, with hundreds of millions paid as ransom.

They usually move about in large numbers with motorcycles, targeting communities, students, farmers, businessmen, government officials and relatives.

The Federal Government had effected a ‘no fly zone’ as part of measures to stop illegal arms and gold trade.

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