A meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House, Abuja, on Thursday.
Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President, was among those in attendance, as well as the heads of the military branches.
The President’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the NSA, Major General Babagana Monguno (RTD), and the CDS, General Leo Irabor, also attended.
During the meeting, the president is anticipated to get an update from the country’s top security officials on the current security situation.
Businesses are shut down under Nigeria’s current anti-bandit strategy
At this time last year, Nigerian authorities were considering shutting down telecommunications networks in the region to improve security operations against infamous bandits who terrorize and abduct students. The social and economic activities of millions of people are severely impacted by this action, according to Alfred Olufemi.
On the night of August 16, armed bandits made a perilous visit to Zamfara’s state-owned College of Agriculture.
Yusuf Namadi, 35, was at Talata Mafara, a town 90 kilometers distant from Bakura, the site of the institution, on that fateful evening. The chemistry teacher was saddened, though, by tales of the tragedy.
As of Friday, September 3rd, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) decreed that all telecom providers in the nation cease providing service to Zamfara and its surroundings.
The bandits were using the networks to plan their assaults and facilitate military forays into their hideouts, so the government decided to take action.
But the instruction that was scheduled to expire for a week was then extended indefinitely in Zamfara. Federal authorities have also been asked to shut down local government services in certain other Northwest states where banditry is common, like Katsina, Sokoto, and Kaduna.
Top security authorities believe the policy is working, but Namadi and others who rely on mobile communications for their livelihoods and companies continue to suffer.