The Katsina State Government has cut mobile telecommunication networks in 13 local government areas of the state as part of efforts to discourage bandits being chased from Zamfara and Kaduna states from relocating to the state.
The Security Adviser to Governor Aminu Masari, Ibrahim Katsina, confirmed this in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES.
Katsina said fleeing bandit might be using network service in some parts of Katsina to communicate with their colleagues.
The affected local government areas include Sabuwa, Faskari, Dandume, Batsari, Danmusa, Kankara, Jibia, Safana, Dutsin-Ma and Kurfi. These local governments are on the fringes of the Ruggu forest, which is a hub of the murderous bandits.
Other local government areas affected are Funtua, Bakori and Malumfashi.
“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.
Credit: PREMIUM TIMES