In furtherance of its efforts to curb insecurity, the Sokoto government has ordered the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to direct all telecommunications companies to shut down their services in 14 LGAs in the state.
In a circular, the state government had asked minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami, to issue a temporary shutdown of telecommunication networks in some LGAs as a measure to tackle banditry and other criminality in the state.
On Monday, Muhammad Bello, spokesperson to Aminu Tambuwal, the governor, said: “In any case, the state governor has requested the minister for communication and digital economy to block services of communication providers in 14 local governments in the state. Thirteen of them in the eastern flank where the insurgency is high. One of them in the southern flank which is also bordering Zamfara state,”
“As of this afternoon when the blockade began, it affected Sokoto metropolis which includes Sokoto south and north LGAs which are not in the list that was submitted to NCC. I think it could be a technical hitch that if rectified will exclude the Sokoto metropolis. That is the situation now.”