Why FG Shuts Down Telecom Services In Zamfara
Telecommunication services in Zamfara have been cut off by the federal government as combined troops launch a massive general operation.
iexclusive News Nigeria reports that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) ordered the providers to comply as soon as possible on Friday.
The Executive Vice Chairman, Umar Danbatta, sent a memo to the Chief Executive Officers of the companies headlined “Re: Shutdown of All Telecom Sites in Zamfara State.”
According to the EVC, the decision would allow relevant security agencies to carry out necessary operations to address security concerns.
“All telecom services in Zamfara State will be shut down immediately commencing today, September 3, 2021, due to the current security situation in the state,” the letter read.
All operators must shut down all sites in Zamfara as well as any locations in neighboring states that could be able to offer communication services to the state.
In the first case, the order is for two (2) weeks (September 03-17, 2021), according to Danbatta.
The NCC chief warned the firms, “Your immediate action in this respect is essential.”
Zamfara is a hotspot of banditry that has recently spiraled out of control. Criminals kidnap and kill at will, with ransom payments in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
They generally go in big groups on motorbikes, focusing on communities, students, farmers, business people, government leaders, and family members.
As part of its efforts to halt the illegal guns and gold traffic, the federal government imposed a “no-fly zone.”