Telecommunications networks have been shut down in 14 out of the 23 Local Government Areas in Sokoto State.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal, who announced this on Monday during an interview with the Voice of America Hausa Service, said the move is part of efforts to check banditry in the state.
The governor said the state sought approval from the federal government before enforcing the network ban.
Tambuwal stated that the affected council areas are the most vulnerable to bandit attacks in the state.
The federal government had earlier shut down networks in Katsina and Zamfara States, which forced bandits to flee to neighbouring states, including Sokoto.
“Due to the ongoing military successes in Zamfara State, the bandits are fleeing to Sokoto,” Tambuwal said.
Among the affected local governments are: Tambuwal, Dange Shuni, Goronyo, and Tangaza, where some bandits were burnt to death on Saturday.