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Again, ISWAP Attacks Electricity Installation, Returns Maiduguri To Blackout 

Power outage resumes in Maiduguri after ISWAP targeted electricity installation.

About 48 hours after residents of Maiduguri celebrated the restoration of power to the capital city, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has attacked the electricity supply to the city using explosives.

The celebration that followed the restoration of electricity on Wednesday, March 24 to Borno State capital after almost two months of blackout was cut short Saturday morning when the terror group targeted the transmission line along Maiduguri-Damaturu road. 

Power supply to Maiduguri was disrupted after ISWAP used explosives to damage a tower in January. The situation further deteriorated after more towers on the same transmission route were damaged during repairs. 

On Saturday, Feb. 27, five electricity personnel were injured when a vehicle carrying them stepped on an IED planted by ISWAP.

HumAngle had earlier reported that Maiduguri was not out of the woods yet due to the vulnerability of electrical installations to insurgents attacks. 

An advisory seen by HumAngle called for a special security team to be established with the support of the government, the electricity company and security agencies to constantly patrol locations of vulnerable electrical installations to deter attacks.

HumAngle understands that long protection of power installations require security operations aimed at clearing harbour areas of insurgents close to the infrastructure.

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Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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