The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) ordered telecommunications providers to shut down services in Zamfara State for the next two weeks.
The NCC disclosed in a memo signed on Friday by the vice-chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, and addressed to one of the telecoms providers.
According to the memo, the shutdown of the telecoms sites had become necessary due to the insecurity in the state.
“The pervading security situation in Zamfara has necessitated an immediate shutdown of all telecommunications services in the state from today, September 3, 2021. This is to enable relevant security agencies to carry out the required activities towards addressing the security challenge in the state.
“In line with this requirement, Globacom is hereby directed to shut down all sites in Zamfara State and any sites(s) in neighbouring states that could provide telecommunications services in Zamfara State. The site shut down is for two weeks from September 3 to September 17, 2021, in the first instance. Your urgent action in this regard is required,” the memo read in part.
This decision is following the Federal Government declaration of Zamfara State a ‘no-fly zone’ six months ago, and banned all mining activities in the state.
The state has been a hotbed of criminal attacks ranging from kidnapping and banditry. Recently, Governor Bello Matawalle suspended the transportation of livestock beyond the state’s borders.
The governor also ordered the closure of weekly markets across the state, while transportation of food items will be subject to verification.
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