Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, has stated that his administration has formally requested that the federal government enforce the shutdown of telecommunications services in areas of the state identified by security agencies as requiring such measures.
In an address to journalists on Wednesday in Kaduna, the Commissioner for the Ministry of Internal Security and HKadunaome Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, made this statement about the latest development.
Following an announcement from the governor, it was revealed that relevant federal agencies had already notified local governments in some parts of the state that the process for telecommunications shutdowns had begun in those areas.
In his statement, he said it was one of the steps being taken to address the current security challenge in the state and neighboring states in the northwestern, northern-central, and northern western regions.
The governor stated that the state has held several meetings with security agencies in order to adopt critical measures aimed at destroying bandits’ hideouts that have already been identified.
“Assaults on the identified locations have been carried out by the military and other security forces.” As a result of this, the state government has been advised that certain measures are now required to assist the valiant efforts of these security agencies, according to him.”
El-Rufai announced that the government would begin enforcing a total ban on the use of motorcycles for commercial or personal purposes on Thursday and that the ban would last for three months in the first instance.
“Only tricycles are permitted to operate between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. All tricycles must be completely devoid of any curtains. “All tricycles are prohibited from moving between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., or from dusk to dawn,” he explained.
According to him, all vehicles used for commercial transportation must be painted in the colors yellow and black within 30 days of being purchased.
Vehicles that are used in ride-hailing services are required to have yellow and black stripes on their sides.
According to the governor, the sale of petrol in containers has been prohibited in the Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi, Kachia, Kagarko, and Kajuru Local Government Areas, among other places.
His statement also stated that other containment measures previously communicated by the state government had not changed.
According to him, a ban on tree felling and forestry activities in the Birnin Gwari, Giwa Igabi, Chikun (Kachia), Kagarko (Kagarko), and Kajuru Local Government Areas, as well as a ban on firewood and charcoal transportation as well as a ban on livestock transportation into and out of the state, is in effect.
On weekly markets in Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi, Kajuru, and Kawo Local Government Areas (LGAs), the governor said they would be discontinued. Weekly markets in Kaduna North LGA, he added, would also be discontinued.
He expressed regret for the severe strains and inconveniences that the measures would impose on law-abiding citizens who were peaceful and law-abiding.
The governor appealed to all residents of the affected areas to be understanding and cooperative in the situation.
“It has become necessary to make difficult decisions in these challenging times.”
We have taken these measures solely for the sake of our collective safety and security, and to assist our brave forces in their fight against these mindless criminals.”
“Too many lives have been lost, and too many families have been shattered,” says the president. It is no longer possible for small groups of evil people to hold us hostage and force us to live in constant fear,” El-Rufai asserted.
He appealed to the patience of all citizens, urging them to bear with the difficulties they were currently experiencing in their lives.