Kaduna Government is set to shut down mobile phone services in the state.
EKOHOTBLOG reports that the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has asked residents to prepare for a shutdown of telecommunication services in the state.
Governor El-Rufai made this known in a chat with some radio stations, noting that security agents are prepared to launch an offensive on bandits taking refuge in some parts of Kaduna State.
The governor, who noted that the shutdown would not cover the entire state, stated that only local government areas bordering the troubled Zamfara and Katsina states where military onslaught is ongoing will be affected.
He said, “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.
“But I want the people of Kaduna State to know that if they give us the go-ahead tomorrow [Thursday], we will shut down tomorrow,” Governor El-Rufai
The governor, who spoke in Hausa, further disclosed that due to the shutdown of telecommunication services in Zamfara and Katsina states, some bandits crossed over to neighbouring local government areas in Kaduna State to make phone calls and demand ransoms.
El-Rufai added that he had already written to the Federal Government (FG) on the shutdown which he said had 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 said adding that: “As soon as we get the nod from security agents, then the people of Kaduna State should know that we will shutdown telecommunication to give security agents the maximum cooperation to carry out operations in those areas,” he added.
EKOHOTBLOG reports that the most attacked local government areas in Kaduna State include Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi, Kajuru, and Kachia.
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