As part of efforts to discourage bandits fleeing the military operations going on in Zamfara and Kaduna States from relocating to the state, the Katsina State Government has shut down mobile telecommunication networks in 13 local government areas.
Ibrahim Katsina, the Security Adviser to the state governor, Aminu Masari, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Katsina.
Katsina said the fleeing bandit might be using network service in some parts of Katsina to communicate with their colleagues.
“The reason for taking the decision is that it helps in curbing banditry. It stops informants from reaching bandits and vice versa. For now, these are the only areas we have shut down but we will include any area we think they (bandits) may use to communicate.
“The 13 affected areas are the frontline local government areas and those closer to Zamfara and Kaduna States. We are doing that to complement security agencies’ efforts in all the affected states,” Katsina said.
The affected local government areas include Sabuwa; Faskari; Dandume; Batsari; Danmusa; Kankar; Jibia; Safana; Dutsin-Ma and Kurfi.
Others are Funtua, Bakori and Malumfashi.
Masari had on Monday announced the ban of commercial mobile phone charging points in 19 of the 34 local government areas of the state.
“We believe it is also an area that is helping the bandits to acquire means of communication,” the governor had said.
This comes barely a week after the government banned weekly cattle markets, closed Jibia – Zurmi and Sheme – Yankara roads, and outlawed sale of fuel in jerry cans, among other security measures.