The federal government has reportedly ordered telecom networks to shut down services operating in Zamfara state for two weeks’
In a memo addressed to the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Globacom Nigeria Limited, it is stated that the shutdown of the telecoms sites had become necessary due to the rising spate of insecurity in the state.
The Guardian reported that the memo signed by the Executive Vice-Chairman of the NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, and titled; ‘Re: Shutdown of All telecoms Sites in Zamfara State’, also stated that the shutdown would last from September 3 to September 17.
“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 NCC reportedly explained that the directive was needed to enable relevant security agencies to carry out required activities towards addressing banditry in the state.”
This is coming six months after the government declared the state a ‘no-fly zone’ due to illegal mining activities.