The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed all telecommunications companies to shut down their services in Zamfara State over the lingering security challenges in the state.
Zamfara State has become a hotbed for banditry and kidnappings in recent times.
The Chief Executive Officer of NCC, Umar Danbatta, gave the directive in a leaked memo to the Managing Director of one of the telecommunication companies, on Friday.
Danbatta, who citied pervading insecurity, said the action is one of the activities required to address security challenges in the state.
“The pervading security situation in Zamfara State has necessitated an immediate shut down of all telecommunications services in the state from today September 03, 2021.
“This is to enable relevant security agencies to carry out required activities towards addressing the security challenge in the state
“This site shutdown is for two (2) weeks (September 03-17,2021) in the first instance. Your urgent action in this regard is required,” Danbatta said.
On Wednesday, Zamfara State Government shut down all primary and secondary schools in the state following the abduction of 73 students from a public secondary school.
The abduction occurred 11 days after students abducted from the College of Agriculture in Bakura, regained freedom.