Maiduguri: Terrorists destroy electricity tower, plunge many into darkness

Residents of Maiduguri and environs have been thrown into a lingering blackout following the destruction of one of the towers supplying electricity to the city from the national grid.

The tower was reportedly destroyed by militants in the Boko Haram-plagued state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the blackout, which has lasted for one week, has grounded many businesses.

Some residents, who spoke to NAN, not only condemned the action of the insurgents but lamented the continued inability of the authorities concern to restore the power.

“It’s now one week and most people don’t know why there is no electricity in Maiduguri.

“We need to know what caused it and efforts by the power company to address the matter.

“You can’t leave people in darkness without explanation,’’ a resident, Ibrahim Abubakar, said.

Also, a welder, Moses Bala, said the development has grounded his business because he solely depends on electricity from the national grid for his work.

“Because of steady supply over the months, I solely depend on power from government and now that there is no power for one week; I remain out of business.

“I can’t afford a generator as I am still young in this business,’’ Mr Bala said.

He appealed to the authorities concerned to expedite action to restore the electricity.

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