21st September, 2021
The Sokoto State Government has shut telecommunications networks in 14 of the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.
This follows rising insecurity and banditry in the areas.
Muhammad Bello, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Governor Aminu Tambuwal, on Monday, in a statement, said about three weeks after it 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.
The LGAs affected by the Executive Order include Gada, Goronyo, Gudu, Ilela, Isa, Kebbe, Sabon Birni, Shagari, Rabah, Tambuwal, Tangaza, Tureta, Wurno, and Dange Shuni.
The special adviser said 13 LGs were initially affected by the governor’s order, but said Dange Shuni local government area would be added to make it 14.
Channels TV reports that there was confusion in parts of Sokoto after the telecommunications network from two major service providers went down, as residents were unable to make calls or access internet services.
But telecommunication services were available for users of two other service providers, a situation that reduced the tension and apprehension among the people.
Comments and posts on most social media platforms in the state were mostly expressions of frustration and anger by residents questioning the rationale behind the decision of the authorities.
However, the spokesman for the Sokoto State Police Command, said they had not been briefed of the attack.