The Sokoto State government has urged the Nigerian Government to lift the suspension of mobile phone services in the state.

In September, the government shut down telecommunications services in 14 of the 23 local government areas of the state, to block the communication channels used by killer bandits. 

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The state government has however written to the Nigerian Government after a security council meeting on the terror attack on Goronyo market which left 43 people dead last week.

This was disclosed in a press statement on Saturday and signed by Malam Mohammed Bello, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Governor Abdullahi Tambuwal.

This came after Tambuwal received a delegation from the North Eastern Governors Forum who was in Sokoto on Saturday to offer their condolences to the people of the state over the recent terror attack at Goronyo market.

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

Governor Tambuwal explained that the suspension of the blockage became necessary because of concerns expressed by security outfits in the state that the blockage was seriously affecting the smooth conduct of their work.

The state government has already forwarded a letter to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Pantami to review the network blockage, the statement said.

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