Kaduna shuts down telecommunications and bans ‘okada’

The Kaduna state government has asked telecom companies to suspend their services in the state from September 30, in order to control the bandits’ activities.

State Commissioner for Homeland Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan told reporters on Wednesday.

He also said the use of motorcycles for transportation services has also been suspended statewide.

Mr. Aruwan said the state government has formally requested the federal government to enforce the shutdown of telecommunications services in parts of the state identified by security agencies as requiring such measures.

Mr Aruwan said other safety measures previously announced by the state government remained in place and urged residents to comply with the guidelines.

The state government had said earlier he had no intention of shutting down the telecommunications network despite the spike in crimes.

Kaduna joins northern states like Zamfara and Sokoto which have launched a similar measure to tackle banditry and rising insecurity.

Read the full statement below:


I am here to inform you and officially announce the implementation of certain measures to help security agencies in certain parts of the state.

You will recall that Governor Nasir El-Rufai announced yesterday (September 28, 2021) during a conversation with the media that the state government had formally requested the federal government to impose the shutdown of telecommunications services in the parts of the state identified by security agencies as requiring such measures. .

The relevant federal agencies have today notified the Kaduna State Government that the processes of shutting down telecommunications in parts of the state have commenced.

As part of the measures to address the current security situation in Kaduna State and neighboring states in the North West and North Central regions, the KDSG has held several meetings with security agencies to adopt critical measures aimed at crushing the bandits in their identified hiding places.

The army and other security forces carried out assaults on the identified locations. The state government is informed that certain measures are now necessary to support the vigorous efforts of these security agencies.

The following measures come into force from Thursday, September 30, 2021:

1. A complete ban on the use of motorcycles (Okada), for commercial or personal purposes, for three months in the first instance.

2. Possession or carrying of dangerous weapons is prohibited.

3. Tricycles are only allowed to circulate from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. All tricycles must remove all curtains. Traffic for all tricycles is restricted from dusk to dawn (7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.).

4. All vehicles used for commercial transportation must be painted yellow and black within 30 days. Vehicles that are part of ride-sharing services must wear yellow and black stripes.

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5. Ban on the sale of gasoline in jerry cans or other containers in Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi, Kachia, Kagarko and Kajuru LGAs.

Other lockdown measures previously communicated by the Kaduna State Government remain in place. These include:

a. Ban on logging and forestry activities in Birnin Gwari, Giwa Igabi, Chikun, Kachia, Kagarko and Kajuru LGAs.

b. Prohibition of transporting firewood and charcoal.


vs. Prohibition of transporting livestock in and out of the state.

D. Cessation of weekly markets in the frontline local government areas of Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi, Kajuru and Kawo Kaduna North local government weekly market.

The Kaduna State Government regrets the severe pressure and inconvenience these measures will impose on peaceful and law-abiding citizens. The Government is therefore appealing for the understanding and cooperation of all the inhabitants of the affected areas, indeed of the entire State. These difficult times have required difficult decisions to be made.

The measures were taken solely in the interest of our collective safety and security and to aid our brave forces in their fight against these stupid criminals.

Too many lives have been lost and too many families have been broken up. Small groups of wicked people cannot continue to hold us to ransom and force us to live in perpetual fear.

Once again, the government aspires to the understanding of all citizens. The difficulties we are facing will be temporary and we are convinced that they will eventually pay off. Good will prevail over evil.

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