Residents of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state have been cut off from the national electricity grid by Boko Haram insurgents.
This was contained in a statement released on Monday by the spokesperson of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Ndidi Mbah.
Mbah disclosed that the insurgents damaged the electricity equipment serving the state capital and its environs.
She said the agency is making efforts to restore electricity supply in the area as soon as possible.
“The Transmission Company of Nigeria hereby inform the public that Maiduguri and its environs have been cut off from the National Grid since January 17, 2020, due to damages to TCN’s equipment by insurgents,” Mbah said.
“The incident affected the 330kV transmission line between Maiduguri and Damaturu. Also, the Damboa – Maiduguri 132kV transmission line has equally been disconnected from the grid for sometime, for the same reason.
“TCN has located the fault on the Maiduguri – Damaturu line and has arranged to repair the line. Bulk electricity would be restored to Maiduguri on or before January 20, 2020.
“TCN pledges to continue to work to ensure bulk electricity transmission and grid expansion nationwide. The company wishes to use this opportunity to commend the Nigeria Armed Forces for their continued support especially in areas prone to insecurity.
“TCN regrets inconveniences caused by this problem to electricity consumers in the affected areas.”
In a related story, thirteen days after Governor Babagana Zulum rebuked and shouted at soldiers over alleged extortion, the residents of villages along Damaturu-Maiduguri have lamented, wailed and cried over the continuous attacks launched by Boko Haram insurgents.