Shut down of telecommunication services as a way of curbing banditry and other criminal activities in Zamfara State may return as the state government has said it will consider taking that measure the second if the need arises.
The Special Adviser to the Governor Bello Matawalle said this in a statement, adding that the state government has yet to close down the telecommunication services as being rumoured in the state.
He, however, stated that “If the implementation of communication shut down becomes necessary, it can be employed once again”.
According to Bappa, it has become necessary to clear some obvious misconceptions about a certain statement emanating from his office on the alleged closure of telecom services which has generated disturbing rumour in in the state.
He said: “His Excellency, Dr Bello Mohammed Matawalle, in his usual concern over the menace of banditry in the state, and his care for victims of such crimes, expressed his worry as he commiserated with the families of the recent abduction of young entrepreneurs of Bebeji Plaza.
“It is not enough for Government to commiserate with victims like everyone else, but to inform the general public what measures it is taking to address the challenges at hand.
“His Excellency said he has rallied all security functionaries in the state around new strategy of addressing the challenges posed by bandits, especially as the rainy season is here again, which will see the implementation of result-oriented measures.
“He also stated that if the implementation of communication shut down becomes necessary, it can be employed once again.
“But at no point in time did His Excellency announce the shut down of telecommunication services, nor requested the discharging Agency for its implementation.
“This is to put the record properly please”.