Sequel to the decry by the United Nations over the destruction of the UN Humanitarian Accommodation and Logistics facilities by Boko Haram insurgent group, the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has also disclosed that the group had plunged Maiduguru into Total darkness on Monday.
TNC in a statement by its General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mbah said that Boko Haram cut off the city’s electricity supply from the National grid by damaging several transmission facilities which supplied electricity to the city.
“The Transmission Company of Nigeria hereby informs 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. 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 sometimes, for the same reason.”
“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,” she added.
Recall that the Herald reported that Edward Kallon, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria announced that Boko Haram launched an attack on United Nations Facility in Ngala, Borno state.
In a statement on Monday, Jan 20, 2020, Kallon expressed his huge disappointment that aid workers who are rendering support to the helpless victims of the insurgency could also be attacked.
However, he noted that there were no casualties recorded as the facility was strong enough to keep the aid workers safe.
“I am outraged by the extremely violent attack on this key humanitarian facility where five United Nations staff were staying at the time of the incident,”
“I am shocked by the violence and intensity of this attack, which is the latest of too many incidents directly targeting humanitarian actors and the assistance we provide,”