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How Can FG Stop Bandits As They Now Use Niger Republic's Network To Communicate?

According to Aminu Almustapha Gobir, a member of the Sokoto House of Assembly who represents Sabon Birni North Constituency, bandits are now using the Niger Republic's network service to coordinate attacks on villages in Nigeria

The Nigerian government had earlier shut down telecommunication services in three states: Sokoto, Zamfara, and Katsina, as part of its efforts to combat banditry.

Bandits and their informants were said to have been cut off from communication as a result of this. 

Bandits have now resorted to utilizing the phone service of a neighboring country, which shares a border with Nigeria through Sokoto, to get over the security measures put in place by the government. 

Gobir claimed he was threatened by a bandit who was utilizing the Nigerien network service.

He informed the Daily Trust that the bandit threatened to lead his group to harm him and his neighborhood.

Gobir also revealed that a military installation in the Sabo Birni Local Government was attacked.

Bandits invaded the military base, killing security guards and setting patrol vans on fire, according to BBC Hausa. 

Major Yahaya Ngulde, spokesman for the Nigerian Army's 8th Division, could not be reached for comment at the time of reporting this story.

However, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, the Police Public Relations Officer, claimed he was unaware of the incident on the military base. He made no mention of the usage of Nigerien telecommunications.

Colonel Garba Moyi (rtd), the Commissioner for Carriers and Security Matters, confirmed the incident on the military base but said he couldn't say how many people were killed.

He claimed that due to the country's proximity to the Niger Republic, bandits could use Niger's networks to coordinate attacks.

In my opinion, the federal government should quickly reach out to the Niger Republic government to shut down telecommunication networks in some villages and towns close to Nigeria's borders. It is the only way the fight against banditry and kidnapping in the North West can be effective. 

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