The persistent banditry and kidnappings in Zamfara has forced the Federal Government to order GSM operators in the state to shut down over 240 Base.

The move is in In compliance with the directive of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The regulatory body had directed all telecom sites in Zamfara State be shut down due to the “pervading security situation” in the state.

It was gathered that all the telcos had complied with the directive. There was also a leaked memo signed by the Executive Vice-Chairman of the NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, which was addressed to one of the telecom operators on Friday, stating that the immediate shutdown of all telecommunications services had become necessary due to the insecurity in the state.

In the letter titled, ‘Re: Shutdown of all telecom sites in Zamfara State’, the NCC boss stated that the shutdown, which would last from September 3 to September 17 in the first instance, was to enable relevant security agencies to carry out required activities towards addressing the security challenge in the state.

The memo partly read, “In line with the requirement, you are hereby directed to shut down all sites in Zamfara State and any site(s) in neighbouring states that could provide telecommunications service in Zamfara State. The site shutdown is for two weeks (September 3 – 17, 2021) in the first instance. Your urgent action in this regard is required.”

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