The Sokoto State government has announced the shutdown of telecommunications networks in 14 of the 23 local government areas of the state as part of the efforts to check banditry.
This was announced by Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal on Monday, September 20, in an interview with Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service.
Tambuwal said the state secured approval from the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isah Pantami, before enforcing the ban on Monday.
He said the affected council areas are the most vulnerable to bandit attacks in the state.
The development in Sokoto followed that of the neighbouring Zamfara, where all parts of the state are affected; and Katsina State where 13 local government areas are affected.
Tambuwal said following the ban in Zamfara, bandits have intensified attacks in Sokoto. He said the measure has proved successful in Zamfara, as a result of which the bandits were fleeing from the state to Sokoto.
“Due to the ongoing military successes in Zamfara State, the bandits are fleeing to Sokoto,” the governor said.
Tambuwal said the network ban is effective in Dange Shuni, Tambuwal, Sabon Birni, Raba, Tureta, Goronyo, Tangaza and Isa local government areas amongst others.
Isa local government area shares boundaries with Shinkafi LGA in Zamfara State; while Goronyo and Sabon Birni from west and north respectively have borders with the Republic of Niger in the east.
He said the measure was long overdue. He said the seven governors of the region had agreed on the network ban to flush out the bandits; but this could not be done.
Meanwhile, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, has signed the anti-open grazing bill into law.
Sanwo-Olu signed the bill on Monday, September 20, after it had been earlier passed by the State House of Assembly.
This move by Sanwo-Olu was after the governors of the Southern region, in a meeting in Asaba, Delta state capital; resolved to ban open grazing and the movement of cattle by foot.