The Sokoto State Government has shut down telecommunication services in 14 out of 23 local government areas.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal made this disclosure when speaking with Voice of America (VOA) Hausa Service. According to him, shutting down the telecommunication services forms part of the measures put in place to fight banditry in the state.
He disclosed that the telecoms were shut down after gaining approval from the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isah Pantami but then, affected council areas remain the most vulnerable to bandit attacks in the state.
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. Goronyo and Sabon Birni from west and north respectively have borders with the Republic of Niger in the east.