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Kaduna State government restores telecommunication services cut last month at request of security agencies as measure against banditry

Kaduna State government has restored telecommunication services which were last month suspended in some local government areas of the State at the request of security agencies, as part of measures taken to stem escalating banditry in Kaduna.

Security agencies had last month (October 2021) requested the shutdown, among other measures, saying it would assist them in their operations against armed bandits and other criminals in Kaduna State.

Addressing a press conference earlier today in Kaduna, the State capital, Commissioner for Internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan said security agencies had notified the State government that telecommunication services could be restored with immediate effect.

“I am here to inform you that the Kaduna State Government has contacted the relevant federal agencies to effect the immediate restoration of telecommunication services which were suspended in some local government areas,” Aruwan enthused.

“Security agencies had requested the shutdown in October 2021, among other measures, to assist ongoing operations against armed bandits and other criminals. The security agencies have now notified the government that telecoms services can be restored.

“Along with the other measures in the security containment order, the telecoms shutdown had helped the security agencies to achieve some results, which the security forces will reel out soon. The prolonged application of this measure was always out of the question, due to its impact on the legitimate activities of citizens and businesses.

“Residents are advised that the restoration of full services in the affected areas may unfold over a few days, as the service providers mobilise to power and boost their transmission systems accordingly.

“The Kaduna State Government regrets the inconveniences residents of the affected LGAs may have encountered as a result of the  shutdown. The state government wishes to commend the sacrifices made by residents while this temporary measure lasted.”

Aruwan, however, reiterated that the ban on motorcycles and sale of fuel in containers remain in force in the affected local government areas remained in force.

“Notwithstanding, the government wishes to reiterate that the other measures announced as part of the security containment orders remain in force. These include the prohibition of motorcycles all over the state, the ban on weekly markets, transportation of cattle, and the prohibition of sale of fuel in jerrycans in specified local government areas,” the Commissioner said.

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