The Kaduna State Government has shut down telecommunication services in some Local Government Areas of the state as part of critical measures towards putting an end to banditry.
The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, explained that the decision was taken on Wednesday after a meeting with relevant federal agencies who recommended the shutting down of telecom services ahead of the commencement of a military onslaught against bandits.
He noted that the move is part of many steps taken to address the current security situation in Kaduna State and neighbouring states in the North-West and North-Central regions.
“The relevant federal agencies have today informed the Kaduna State Government that the processes for telecoms shutdown in parts of the state have commenced,” Mr Aruwan said.
“As part of the steps to address the current security situation in Kaduna State and neighbouring states in the North-West and North-Central, Kaduna State State Government has held several meetings with security agencies to adopt critical measures towards crushing bandits in identified hideouts”.
The commissioner also announced the immediate ban of commercial and private motorcycles for a period of three months across the state as well as the regulation of the schedule for commercial tricycle operators from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm daily.
It was disclosed that the measures will become effective from Thursday, 30th September 2021.
“These difficult times demand that difficult decisions be made. The measures have been adopted purely in the interest of our collective safety and security and to aid our brave forces in their fight against these mindless criminals.
“Too many lives have been lost and too many families have been shattered. Small groups of wicked persons cannot continue to hold us to ransom and force us to live in perpetual fear,” Aruwan said in part.