The Kaduna State government has announced that it will soon shutdown telecommunication services in some local government areas of the state to tackle banditry.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who made the announcement during a media chat with some local radio stations in the state, said the planned shutdown of telecommunication services is because of the plan by security agencies to launch a massive attack on bandits taking refuge in some parts of the state.
El-Rufai explained that the shutdown will not cover the entire state.
He, however, did not mentions the local governments that would be affected, adding that the shutdown will only affect local government areas bordering troubled Zamfara and Katsina Sates.
“We have been advised by the military and other security agencies to shut down telecommunication services in certain LGAs but we are waiting for the security agencies to tell us which specific areas and when”, he said.
“But I want the people of Kaduna State to know that if they give us the go-ahead tomorrow, we will shut down tomorrow.
“There is no doubt that bandits and other criminals rely on telecommunication to communicate with their informants as well as with relatives of kidnapped victims so as to demand ransom”.
El-Rufai added that he had already written to the federal government on the shutdown, which he said has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“I will not mention the LGAs to be affected but the local governments that are constantly being tormented by bandits know themselves,” he stated.
Kaduna, like most states in the North-west region, has been affected by banditry and kidnapping, especially in Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi, Kajuru, Kachia, and Zaria local government areas.
The governor further disclosed that due to the shutdown of telecommunication services in Zamfara and Katsina, some bandits have crossed over to neighbouring local government areas in Kaduna to make phone calls and demand ransoms.