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General News of Monday, 20 September 2021


Boko Haram worsens Maiduguri blackout, blows up more power facilities

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After destroying several electric masts thereby cutting off Maiduguri metropolis from enjoying electricity for about nine months, four other electric masts supplying power along Damaturu-Maiduguri Road in Borno State were blown off again by suspected members of Boko Haram/ISWAP on Friday night.

This latest setback came barely one month after the NNPC commenced building of gas plant to provide electricity to the troubled state in the North-East sub-region.

The electric towers were destroyed at Garin Kuturu village, a village about two kilometres from Auno, an area constantly being terrorised by the insurgents.

According to reports, the attack on the facilities started in the evening around 7 pm and lasted up to 10 pm after which four of the towers were completely grounded while the gift tower was hanging loosely.

Reacting to the incident, some residents of the state capital, who spoke to The PUNCH, expressed their frustration at the latest destruction, stating that the state had suffered enough hardship as a result of the insurgency.

Boko Haram attacks Yobe community, burns school, health centreBoko Haram attacks Borno town, kills soldier, four civilians “This latest destruction of electricity towers has confirmed that these insurgents are still active in the state and it also shows that they are very much closer to the city than expected,” one of the residents, Adamu Usman, noted.

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