It is no longer news that about 12 Nigerian security officers were recently killed by bandits in Zamfara State. As obtained from the Daily Trust, the security officers consist of 9 naval officers, 2 policemen, and a soldier. It was gathered that the bandits attacked and subdued security officers at their base at Mutumji, near the town of Dansadu. As obtained from the report, a security source revealed that the attack was caused by lack of communication.
It should be recalled that not long ago, telecommunication companies in Zamfara were ordered to shutdown as one of the strategies in the fight against banditry in the state. However, the recent killings of about 12 security officers has no doubt, suggested that there is the need for telecommunication operations to resume in the state. This is due to the fact that even security officers need to be in communication with each other as they work to end criminal activities in the state.
With the shutdown of telecommunication operations, it is arguable that security agents are equally affected. You will agree with me that the death of the 12 security officers could have been avoided if they were in proper communication with their colleagues. Recall that a security source who spoke to the Daily Trust, alleged that the security officers also rely on GSM communication, citing that it is only the high-ranking officers that use Walkie-talkies.
With this in mind, it is my view that there is a need to resume telecommunication operations in Zamfara. The shutdown of telecommunications while the fight against banditry is going on, can be likened to going to someone’s house in the night and putting off his light as a strategy to fight him. Arguably, he knows the ins and outs of the house more than you, and would operate better than you without light. As such, telecommunication operations need to resume so that troops can communicate effectively.
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