The state administration of Sokoto has requested that the federal government lift its telecoms blockade in 14 of the state’s local government units.
The blockade, which was also implemented in the states of Zamfara and Kaduna, is part of a strategy to combat banditry in the North-West.
After an enlarged security council meeting on the consequences of last week’s bandit raid on Goronyo market, which claimed the lives of 43 people, the Sokoto State Government requested a review of the blockade.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s media assistant Muhammad Bello issued the following statement:
“The request for the blockade to be lifted became imperative, according to Gov. (Aminu) Tambuwal, due to concerns made by security agencies in the state that the outage was hurting the smooth execution of their operations.
“The state government has already sent a letter to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, requesting that the internet restriction be reviewed,” he stated.