The Kaduna State Government yesterday announced the closure of telecommunications services in some part of the state, with effect from today(September 30). The Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, made the announcement in Kaduna.
“I am here to inform you of, and to formally announce the implementation of certain measures to assist the security agencies in parts of the state. Relevant federal agencies have today informed the Kaduna State Government that the processes for telecoms shutdown in parts of the state have commenced as part of the steps to address the current security situation in the state and neighbouring states in the North-West and North-Central regions,”he said.
The commissioner explained that the Kaduna State government 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.The following measures become effective from Thursday, 30 September.
“The complete ban on the use of motorcycles (Okada) for commercial or personal purposes, for three months in the first instance.Ban on possession of or wielding of dangerous weapons.
“Tricycles are allowed to operate only from 6am to 7pm. All tricycles must remove all curtains. Movement of all tricycles are restricted from dusk till dawn (7PM to 6AM).
“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 said.
The commissioner noted that other containment measures previously communicated by the Kaduna State Government remain in place.