Wrenched by rising attacks from bandits, the Kaduna State Government has ordered telecommunications firms to suspend their services in the state, with effect from September 30.
This it said, was aimed at checking the activities of the bandits.
The State’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, announced this while addressing journalists on Wednesday.
He also said the use of motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, for transport services is henceforth suspended across the state.
Aruwan said the state government had formally requested the federal government to enforce the shutdown of telecom services in parts of the state identified by security agencies as requiring such measures.
He added that other security measures earlier announced by the state government remained in place, urging the residents to comply with the directives.
The state government had earlier said it had no plan to shut down telecoms’ network despite the increase in activities of the killer bandits.
Kaduna thus joins northern states like Zamfara and Sokoto who have initiated a similar measure to curb banditry and rising insecurity.