Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, on Monday, ordered the immediate shut down of telecommunications networks in 14 of the 23 local government areas of the state due to the menace of banditry and insecurity in the state.
The move was announced in a statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the governor, Muhammad Bello.
According to statement, the measure was necessary to checkmate the rising cases of crimes perpetrated by bandits in the state.
“About three weeks after it approved an Executive Order in response to the situation of insecurity in the eastern flank of Sokoto State, Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, on Monday disclosed the state’s collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to block services of communications operations in 14 local government areas of the state,” the statement reads.
The 14 LGA’s affected by the Executive Order include Gada, Goronyo, Gudu, Ilela, Isa, Kebbe, Sabon Birni, Shagari, Rabah, Tambuwal, Tangaza, Tureta, Wurno, and Dange Shuni.
The SA added that 13 of the local governments were initially affected by the Security Challenges (Containment) Order approved on September 1 but Dange Shuni, was included because of bandit activities in recent weeks.
Bello explained that the government order had led to the closure of some roads to motorists, suspension of animal trades, prohibition of transportation of cattle, as well as transportation of more than three persons on motorcycles and tricycles, among others.
“In addition to these local government areas, Dange Shuni local government area will also be affected by the latest communications blockade, bringing the number of LGAs affected to 14,” Bello said.