“I left Zamfara for Kaduna yesterday (火曜日) because of the ban on mobile networks,” a resident, Hamdan Shinkafi, CNNに語った. “I sell phones online. Since there is no network, there is no way I can sell my gadgets, but I’m not bothered about that because it’s for the best,” 彼が追加した.
Shinkafi said many locals were in support of the phone blackout which runs simultaneously with the ongoing military operations in Zamfara.
“I’m in full support of the ban. Many people in Zamfara also support it,” Shinkafi said. “Before I left, soldiers were combing through forests in search of bandits… Before now, everyone has been living in fear because of the bandits.”
Another resident, Ahmad Maishanu, told CNN many locals were “trooping into neighbouring states where they can make phone calls.”
“I’m in Abuja. I won’t return to Zamfara until the phone blackout is lifted,” he stated, 追加する “some residents were not initially happy with the network disruption, but they are now jubilating following the military operations going on in the state.”
Zamfara and other neighboring north western states have been hit with several mass kidnappings by ransom-seeking gangs this year.
Prominent among the string of kidnappings in Zamfara was the abduction of over
200 schoolgirls in the town of Jangebe in February
The students have since been freed
, with authorities insisting no ransom was paid to secure their release
The phone blackout is one of many measures enforced by authorities in Zamfara to curb banditry and recurring abductions in the state
. 先週, Zamfara’s Information Commissioner
, Ibrahim Dosara
, CNNに語った schools in the state had been closed down to avoid further attacks by gunmen
. Dosara added that vehicular movements had also been restricted across the state
The Zamfara government had earlier suspended the transportation of livestock beyond the state’s borders while ordering the closure of weekly markets.