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Boko Haram insurgents have cut off Maiduguri, Borno state capital, from the national electricity grid.
In a statement on Monday, pokesperson of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Ndidi Mbah, stated 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.”
Boko Haram insurgents have sustained attacks on villages along Damaturu-Maiduguri road in the last one month.
Meanwhile, Suspected Boko Haram insurgents, Monday morning, continued their ravaging attacks on Borno communities as they ransacked another village in Konduga Local Government Area of the state, credible sources tell newsmen.
This is coming less than 24 hours after more than one thousand residents deserted their homes in Auno town to take refuge in Maiduguri.
The attack occurred at exactly 4:30am at Mallam Bukaranti village, less than a kilometer to Auno general area of Konduga local government. The insurgent carted away foodstuff and livestock from the village.