The Kaduna State Government on Wednesday announced the closure of telecommunications services in some part of the state, with effect from Septembert 30.
The Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, made the announcement at a press briefing in Kaduna.
Aruwan said: “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 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 said other containment measures previously communicated by the Kaduna State Government remain in place.
These include the ban on felling of trees and forestry activities in Birnin Gwari, Giwa Igabi, Chikun, Kachia, Kagarko and Kajuru LGAs.
“Ban on firewood and charcoal transportation, ban on the transportation of livestock into and out of the State.
“Also, 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 Commissioner said the state government regrets the severe strain and inconvenience these measures will place on peaceful and law-abiding citizens.
He appealed for the understanding and cooperation of all residents of the affected areas, and indeed across the State. These difficult times have demand that difficult decisions be made.