Bandits Now Using Walkie-Talkies To Beat Telecommunications Shutdown In Northwest Nigeria, Says Officials

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The Katsina State government says terror bandits have devised new strategies aimed at circumventing the impact of the Security Challenges Containment Order especially on the shutdown of telecommunications facilities by acquiring walkie-talkies.

Secretary to the State Government (SGS), Dr. Mustapha Inuwa, told journalists during a Press Briefing organised to give an update on the Executive Order imposed to address problems of insecurity that “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.

Expatiating on the bandits’ circumventing of the Security Order measures by bandits, the Katsina State Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba, said the walkie takies were short range communication gadgets that the criminals usually acquire through online shopping platforms such as Jumia.

He said the police and other security agencies are working diligently to ensure that such supplies are prevented from getting into the bandits and other criminals.

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 state Assembly members called on the executive arm to review the order, particularly the aspect of GSM network shutdown, which they said was counterproductive.

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