GSM operators in Zamfara state have shut down 240 telecom stations to stop banditry in the state.
This is in compliance with the directive given by the National Communications Council that all telecom sites in Zamfara State be shut down due to the security situation in the state.
The Executive Vice-Chairman of the NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, signed a memo which was addressed to one of the telecom operators on Friday.
The memo stated that the immediate shutdown of all telecommunications services had become necessary due to the insecurity in the state.
In the memo titled: Re: Shutdown of all telecom sites in Zamfara State’, the NCC boss stated that the shutdown would last from September 3 to September 17.
This is 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.”
Banditry in zamfara state dates as far back as 2011 when armed robbers went from house to house in search of members of the vigilante groups in some villages under Dansadau Emirate, Maru LGA of Zamafara State.
10 persons had been reportedly killed in the attack by the gang.
The killers were said to be on a revenge mission after some of them were said to have been extra-judicially executed by members of the local vigilante groups.
The people of Dansadau and environs had taken such action to halt incessant robbery cases.
This and many more has been affecting the Northern state and this is a good line of action to curb the situation.
The state had also screened almajiris in 2020 to stop their recruitment into Bandit groups