By G9ija

The Muhammadu Buhari-led federal and has reportedly ordered the shutting down of mobile networks in Katsina State.

It was gathered that the networks were shut down as the Nigerian military increase offensive against bandit terrorists in the northwest region.

According to DailyTrust, 13 Local Government Areas are affected by the development..

The affected LGAs are Sabuwa, Faskari, Dandume, Batsari, Danmusa, Kankara, Jibia, Safana, Dutsin-Ma and Kurfi that are on the fringes of the Ruggu forest where most of the bandits are hiding.

The other three include Funtua, Bakori and Malumfashi.

Recall that the National Communications Commission, NCC, had recently denied plans to shut down networks.

The NCC in a statement by its , Director General (Media), Abdu Labaran Malumfashi, said the Executive Vice Chaiman/CEO of NCC, Professor Umar D. Danbatta, had spoken to the the state government on the matter where he described the story as false.

The NCC VC/CEO added that the purported letter trending in the social media was a cloned version of the one sent to Zamfara State, where there is a total shutdown of telecom sites.

NCC had issued a directive to telecom operators to shut down their services in the neighbouring Zamfara State as from September 3, to enable security agencies carry out required operations in relation to the pervasive security challenges.