The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the telecoms industry regulator has ordered all telecoms operators (MTN, Airtel, Globacom, 9mobile and ntel), including Fixed Wireless and Wired Network operators, to shut down telecoms sites in Zamfara State.
The directive, which was given to NCC by the Federal Government, was meant to address insecurity and kidnapping in Zamfara State, following the recent mass abduction of students in the state.
According to the letter sent out by NCC to all telecoms operators, dated September 3, 2021, and signed by the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, which THISDAY sighted, NCC said the prevailing security situation in Zamfara State, necessitated the immediate shut down of all telecommunications services in the state.
The letter further said the directive would enable relevant security agencies to carry out the required activities towards addressing the security challenges in the state.
The shutdown order would last for two weeks in the first instance, after which the security situation in the state will be reviewed.