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Katsina Govt Reveals How Bandits Beat Telecom Shutdown

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Katsina Govt Reveals How Bandits Beat Telecom Shutdown

The Katsina State Government has revealed how bandits devise new strategies to beat the shutdown of network services in the state.

Naija News reports that the state government had ordered the shutdown of telecommunication networks in the state in order to curb the activities of bandits.

But according to the Secretary to the Government of the State, Mustapha Inuwa, bandits now acquire walkie-talkies to communicate with one another.

Speaking on Thursday at a press briefing in Katsina, Inuwa described the use of the gadget as a recent and most worrisome move which contravenes the Security Challenges Containment Order.

Inuwa submitted that the activities of bandits reduced in the months of September and October 2021 as compared to previous months.

He said: “A recent and most worrisome move by the criminals is the observed acquisition of Radio Frequency Walkie-Talkie Transceivers by the bandits, which they have started using. Security Agencies are however on their trail with a view to bringing the malpractice to an end.

“The State Government appreciates the support and understanding being given by the general public and other well-meaning individuals and groups, and we seek for more.“The Containment Order is a child of necessity and has not been put in place to hurt or cause hardship to the citizens of the State. The driving objective was to arrest the emerging situation that was becoming a threat to peace, order and our collective well-being.”

Also speaking, the state Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba, said the walkie talkies are short-range communication gadgets used by criminals to communicate.

Buba asserted that the bandits usually acquire the gadgets through online shopping platforms in the country.

He said the police and other security agencies are working assiduously to ensure that the bandits and other criminals do not have access to the technology.

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