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Northwest State Shuts Down Telecom Networks In 14 LGAs Over Insecurity

The order by the Sokoto State government also covers the closure of some roads, ban on trading and transportation of livestock, and transportation of more than three persons on motorcycles and tricycles.

The Sokoto State government, Northwest Nigeria has shut down telecommunications networks services in 14 of the 23 local government areas of the state, a government spokesperson said.

Muhammad Bello, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State, said 13 of the local governments were initially affected by the Security Challenges (Containment) Order approved by the governor on Sept. 1, 2021.

“About three weeks after he approved an Executive Order in response to the situation of insecurity in the eastern flank of Sokoto State, Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, on Monday disclosed the state’s collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to block services of communications operations in 14 local government areas of the state,” Bello said.

“In addition to the local government areas, Dange Shuni Local Government Area will also be affected by the latest communications blockade, bringing the number of LGAs affected to 14,” the governor’s spokesman added.

The other affected LGAs by the order include Gada, Goronyo, Gudu, Ilela, Isa, Kebbe, Sabon Birni, Shagari, Rabah, Tambuwal, Tangaza, Tureta, Wurno, and Dange Shuni.

Bello stated that the order led to the closure of some roads to motorists, ban on animal trading and transportation of livestock, as well as transportation of more than three persons on motorcycles and tricycles, among other things.

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