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Boko Haram Cuts Electricity Supply To Maiduguri

Boko Haram insurgents have cut off electricity supply to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in Northeast Nigeria.

HumAngle learnt that the electricity blackout was a result of the destruction of an electricity tower in Mainok area along the Maiduguri – Damaturu road by the insurgents. 

The blackout that has lasted for days, has forced residents to turn to generators as a source of power and solar systems for electricity supply.

Mainok is notorious for Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) activities including setting up of checkpoints where they abduct commuters and carry out attacks on security forces. 

Over the past few weeks, security forces have stepped up counter-offensives in the area including airstrikes on ISWAP insurgents and vehicles. 

HumAngle learnt that the repairs are ongoing to fix the fault on the damaged tower and restore electricity to the city. 

In January 2020, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) reported that Boko Haram had cut-off Maiduguri from the National grid due to damages caused on the company’s facilities and transmission lines between Maiduguri and Damaturu.

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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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