SANI Muhammad Sani
The Kaduna State Government has confirmed that the processes for telecoms shutdown in parts of the state have commenced. The State Commissioner for internal security and home affairs Samuel Aruwan has disclosed wednesday.
The telecommunication shutdown in Kaduna State was approved by the federal government as part of the steps to address the current security situation in the State and neighbouring states of the North-West and North-Central regions.
The State government has 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
Kaduna State has held several meetings with security agencies to adopt critical measures towards crushing bandits in their identified hideouts. The military and other security forces have been carrying out assaults on the identified locations.
The state government is advised that certain measures are now necessary to assist the spirited efforts of these security agencies. Aruwan revealed that measures taking will become effective from this Thursday. The measures includes the complete ban on the use of motorcycles for commercial or personal purposes, for three months in the first instance.
Ban on possession or wielding of dangerous weapons while tricycles are allowed to operate only from 6am to 7pm adding that all tricycles must remove all curtains and movement of all tricycles are restricted from dusk till dawn 7PM to 6AM. Other restrictions are all vehicles used for commercial transport must be painted in yellow and black within 30 days, Vehicles that are part of ride hailing services are to carry yellow and black stripes. Ban on the sale of petrol in jerry-cans or other containers in Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi, Kachia, Kagarko and Kajuru LGAs. Aruwan stressed that other containment measures previously communicated by the Kaduna State Government remain in place.
The containment according to him are Ban on felling of trees and forestry activities in the affected local government areas. Ban on firewood, charcoal transportation, and transportation of livestock into and out of the State. Cessation of weekly markets in the frontline local government areas of Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi, Kajuru and Kawo weekly market of Kaduna North local government. The Kaduna State Government regrets the severe strain and inconvenience these measures will place on peaceful and law abiding citizens.
The Government therefore appeals for the understanding and co,-operation of all residents of the affected areas, and indeed across the State.
The government said these difficult times have demand that difficult decisions be made. “The measures have been adopted purely in the interest of our collective safety and security, and to aid our brave forces in their fight against these mindless criminals.
” Aruwan said “Too many lives have been lost, and too many families have been shattered. Small groups of wicked persons cannot continue to hold us to ransom, and force us to live in perpetual fear.” The government craves the understanding of all citizens pointing out that the hardship faced by the citizens of the affected areas will be temporary while being confident that in the end Good will prevail over evil.