Kaduna orders restoration of telecoms services

Nasir El-Rufai

Kaduna State Government says it has contacted federal agencies to immediately restore telecommunication services in areas where they were suspended for security reasons.

“The security agencies have notified the government that telecom services can now be restored. The initial shutdown, along with other measures, had helped the security agencies to achieve some results,” commissioner for internal security and home affairs Samuel Aruwan told journalists in Kaduna on Friday.

The order for restoration comes about a month after telecoms services – calls, messaging, data services etc. – were suspended to curb banditry.

Mr Aruwan said the government regretted that the measure had a negative impact on the legitimate activities of citizens and businesses.

He assured that the restoration of full services in the affected area would be achieved in days.

The commissioner, however, said other measures, on security measures aimed at combating crimes in the affected areas, remain in force.

“These include prohibition of movement of motorcycle, the ban on weekly market, transportation of cattle and sales of cattle across the state,” he said.