Telecommunication services in some parts of Katsina state have been shut down.
This is coming barely a week after telecom services in nearby Zamfara were blocked.
Katsina state security adviser, Ibrahim Ahmed Katsina disclosed this on Friday during an interview with BBC Hausa.
According to Mr. Katsina the affected local government areas include Funtua, Bakori, Jibiya, Malumfashi, Faskari, Batsari and Danmusa, Sabuwa, Kankara, Dutsinma, Kurfi, Safana and Dandume.
The security adviser explained that most of the local governments whose network services are being blocked share borderlines with Zamfara and that authorities must take this measure to prevent militants in Zamfara from continuing to use the telephone signals from Katsina to conduct business.
He said, “The purpose of this measure is to prevent the spread of terrorism. Wherever we see it spreading, we will block it, but at the moment these local government areas have been blocked in order to intensify the violence and assist the security forces to make their work easier.”
The adviser apologized to the residents of the impacted local government areas, explaining that the measure was made to help them cope with the crisis.
Bandits have targeted Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna, and Niger, causing economic destruction and abducting residents and high school students en masse. Other northern states, like Sokoto and Nasarawa, are also witnessing frequent attacks.