As Nigeria continues it's fight against insecurity, many state governors are taking proactive measures to curtail the menace. One of such measures includes the shutting down of telecom bases in trouble spots - some parts of Kaduna, Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto currently have no mobile network. It is widely believed that this measure will negatively affect the activities of bandits and other terrorists.
However, this might be false, as shutting down mobile network will do more harm than good to citizens. A recent report revealed that a group of terrorists who attacked Damboa local government area of Borno State on 2 October 2021 allegedly destroyed mobile telecom in the area shortly after their arrival.
The recent incident shows that the absence of mobile network will aid bandits and terrorists carryout their attacks with ease. It should be noted that lack of network will leave victims at their mercy, as they can't make a distress call to security operatives. Also, the military in the area might not able to call for backup and communicate effectively.
Another report has it that bandits have resorted to letter writing in Sokoto State to ask for ransom. This trend defeats one the reasons for shutting down telecom.
From the aforementioned points, it is obvious that the absence of mobile network is of more advantage to the criminals than the citizens who depend on it as the only means of communication with the military and their loved ones during attacks. Additionally, many businesses have also been affected by the unavailability of network.
The government should take a look at these points and do the needful.
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