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Kaduna Govt. shuts down telecom services over kidnapping, bandits attack

By Idowu Abdullahi

Following worrisome trend of kidnapping and bandits attack across Kaduna State, the Kaduna State Government has directed the relevant stakeholders to shutdown telecommunications services in the state as part of measures to curb the terrorist their activities.

It explained that the move would help in checkmating the influx of bandits from Zamfara and Katsina States in to the state and help the security agencies to identify and isolate the terrorists in their planned onslaught against them.

Aside from shutting down telecommunication services, the Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led administration also announced the ban of motorcycles operations across the state for three months in addressing insecurity challenges.

Briefing journalists in Kaduna on Wednesday, the state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said that relevant federal agencies have already informed the State Government that the processes for telecoms shutdown in parts of the state have commenced.

He stated that both adopted measures were resolutions from several meetings the state government held with security agencies to crush bandits in their identified hideouts.

According to him, the military and other security forces have been carrying out assaults on the identified locations. The state government is advised that certain measures are now necessary to assist the spirited efforts of these security agencies.

“The following measures become effective from Thursday, 30 September 2021: The complete ban on the use of motorcycles (Okada), for commercial or personal purposes, for three months in the first instance. Ban on possession of or wielding of dangerous weapons. Tricycles are allowed to operate only from 6am to 7pm. All tricycles must remove all curtains. Movements of all tricycles are restricted from dusk till dawn (7pm to 6am).

“All vehicles used for commercial transport must be painted in yellow and black within 30 days. Vehicles that are part of ride hailing services are to carry yellow and black stripes. Ban on the sale of petrol in jerry-cans or other containers in Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi, Kachia, Kagarko and Kajuru LGAs.

“Other containment measures previously communicated by the Kaduna State Government remain in place. These include: Ban on felling of trees and forestry activities in Birnin Gwari, Giwa Igabi, Chikun, Kachia, Kagarko and Kajuru LGAs, ban on firewood and charcoal transportation and ban on the transportation of livestock into and out of the State.

“Others include cessation of weekly markets in the frontline local government areas of Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi, Kajuru and Kawo weekly market of Kaduna North local government. The Kaduna State Government regrets the severe strain and inconvenience these measures will place on peaceful and law abiding citizens,” he said.

Continuing, he added, “the Government therefore appeals for the understanding and cooperation of all residents of the affected areas, and indeed across the State. These difficult times have 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. Once again, the government craves the understanding of all citizens. The hardship we face will be temporary, and we are confident that in the end, it will pay off. Good will prevail over evil.”

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