Blackout in Maiduguri as Boko Haram bombs two transmission towers

Blackout in Maiduguri as Boko Haram bombs two transmission towers
Charles Nwoke, Maiduguri, Nigeria
March 27, 2021 

Image courtesy of local sources, fair use. 

According to reports, outright blackout rocks Maiduguri metropolis, Jere Local Government Area, and its environs in Borno state following a fresh bombing of two transmission towers along Maiduguri- Damaturu road.

Suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorists, had planted Improvised Explosive Devices and brought down two Transmission towers near Jakana village along the same route on the 25th of January this year, which took the Power Holding Company of Nigeria’s staff almost 7 weeks to repair and restore the light last Wednesday with heavy jubilations by residents of the state.

A source who is a staff of PHCN who is not authorized to talk to the press on the sad development and therefore pleaded anonymity, confirmed the second wave of destruction and bombing of the transmission lines, as Maiduguri residents witnessed a total breakdown of light at about 6:00 am on Saturday.

“It is unfortunate that all the capital and human resources wasted in the restoration of power to Maiduguri and its environs have been in vain as we discovered that insurgents have destroyed another transmission tower along Maiduguri- Damaturu road.

“It took us seven weeks to restore power back last Wednesday, and now we are back to square one,” the source stated.

Another unconfirmed security report said, “Good day Sir, At about 5:55 am of Saturday, 27th March 2021, The Celebrated return of Power to Maiduguri and its environs abruptly came to a halt because our investigation revealed that the Power transmission line along Maiduguri-Damaturu Road was once again been attacked by suspected Book Haram Terrorists (BHT).

“The exact location, as well as the extent and nature of the damage, is yet to be ascertained as Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) Engineers are yet to get security escort to go round the locations.

“You may recall our previous submission of 24th march 2021 on the return of Electricity Power to Maiduguri. ACTION RECOMMENDATIONS/TAKEN: While we continue to patrol the vulnerable areas within the State Capital, There’s a need to look into the need for a special Squad considering the nature of the Terrain where these Power Installations are.

“Use of technology especially drones in these areas are paramount. Also, The wide reportage and celebrations that welcomed the return of the light on 24th march 2021 might have provoked this attack.

“Although we cannot stop the populates from expressing their joy, There’s a need to put security measures in place next time to mitigate this kind of attack.”