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Katsina State shuts telecom infrastructure over crackdown on terrorists - ITREALMS

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Government of Katsina State has confirmed shut down of telecommunications infrastructure in the domain as part of measures to crackdown on banditry in the northern Nigeria, reports 

Confirming this, the Katsina State Security Adviser, Ibrahim Ahmed reportedly told Reuters by phone that the government directed a communications blackout in 13 local government areas to hinder criminality in the region.

ITREALMS gathered that the affected areas border Zamfara and Kaduna states.

Ahmed also said the state shut down communications networks earlier this week to help armed forces tackle armed gangs of kidnappers terrorising the area.

In addition, since the latest operation, 
ITREALMS gathered that gunmen kidnapped 20 people in Sokoto state in what a local government source there described as a spillover from the Zamfara crackdown.

Ahmed said officials wanted to prevent similar violence in Katsina.

“It has become imperative to do so as a proactive measure to prevent the bandits from Zamfara from coming into Katsina state so cutting communication is part of the measures,” Ahmed said in an address in Hausa aired by several local radio stations.

Gangs of armed men seeking lucrative ransom payments, known locally as bandits, have spread across northwestern Nigeria over the past year, kidnapping more than 1,000 students from schools and taking others from hospitals, homes and roads.

The government of General Muhammadu Buhari, retired, who is from Katsina state, has said it is winning the war against banditry, but locals infuriated by the lawlessness have pushed for more action.

Chuks Egbune with additional report from Reuters

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