Sokoto Urges FG To Suspend Internet Blockade


From Maiharaji Altine, Gusau

Following an enlarged security council meeting on the fallout of bandits’ attack on Goronyo market which claimed the lives of 43 people last week, Sokoto state government has formally written to the Federal Government to suspend the blockade of telecommunications services earlier imposed on 14 local government areas of the state.

In a statement, the Special Adviser to Governor Abdullahi Waziri Tambuwal on Media and Publicity, Malam Mohammed Bello said, Tambuwal disclosed this when he received the members of the North Eastern Governors Forum who were in Sokoto on Saturday to condole him over the recent killings in Goronyo market.

Bello said, the North-East Governors Forum (NEGF) were represented by Governors of Borno and Gombe states, Prof. Babagana Aymara Zulum and Alhaji Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya respectively.

According Governor Tambuwal, the call for the rescinding of the blockade became necessary in view of concerns expressed by security outfits in the state that the outage was affecting the smooth conduct of their works.

He said the state government has already forwarded a letter to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy to review the internet blockade.

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