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Bandits Adopt Thuraya Phones As Govt Shut Down Mobile Networks

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The Nigerian government has shut down telecommunication services in three states – Sokoto, Zamfara and Katsina. 

This has reportedly cut off communication between bandits and their informants. But as a means of circumventing the security measure, bandit have now resorted to using the telecom service of the neighbouring country, which shares a border with Nigeria.

The bandits are now using the Nigerien network to communicate within themselves and perpetrate their heinous activities in the area, according to Aminu Almustapha Gobir, a member representing the Sabon Birni North Constituency in the Sokoto House of Assembly.

"I expect our Governor to provide Divisional Police Officers and the military deployed to Sokoto East with Thuraya phones, which could enable them to communicate within themselves and with their superior officers if they need help, since there is no GSM network," he said.




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