NCC Directs MTN, Airtel, Glo and Etisalat to Shut down Operations in Zamfara


All telecoms operators (MTN, Airtel, Globacom, 9mobile, and ntel), as well as Fixed Wireless and Wired Network operators, have been instructed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to shut down telecoms operations in Zamfara State.

Following the recent mass abduction of students in Zamfara State, the Federal Government issued an order to NCC to handle insecurity and kidnapping in the state.

According to a letter sent out by NCC to all telecoms operators on September 3, 2021, and signed by NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, which sighted, NCC call for immediate shut down of all telecommunications services in the state.

The decision, according to the letter, will allow key security services to carry out the necessary activities in order to meet the state’s security concerns.

In the first case, the closure order would last two weeks, following which the state’s security status would be assessed.

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