Jubilation In Maiduguri As TCN Restores Light After Two Months’ Blackout

Jubilation In Maiduguri As TCN Restores Light After Two Months’ Blackout

By Hassan Jirgi, Maiduguri

Hundreds of residents  of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, are currently in wide jubilation over restoration of power supply by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) after two months’ blackout.

The restoration of light followed the blackout caused by an attack on a transmission tower by suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorists two months ago.

According to our correspondent who learnt that the lights popped on Wednesday.

The Borno state government, together with engineers of the TCN swung into action to restore the lights. Midway into the job, the insurgents went to plant landmines overnight which detonated the next day as workers resumed work at the site.

A staff of the TCN was reported to have lost his life as he fell from the tower as a result of not strapping the safety belt around his body, massive explosion from the landmine injured two officials of the TCN as their Toyota Hilux van drove over the mined location

Some residents who spoke with our correspondent expressed their pains and difficulties following the attendant hardships caused by the weeks of the blackout in after good two months and said, “Allahamdullah mungodewa Allah”.

Insurgents of suspected members of Boko Haram, brought down a transmission tower about 25 kilometres away from Maiduguri the state capital using explosives.

Resident said the lights only came on for some minutes before it went off, an official of TCN who confirmed the development to our correspondent said “Yes the light has been restored, the transmission came though Molai line, but we have to charge our backup battery first”.

Some of the community of Maiduguri fear for a possible repeat of attack by the insurgents who are bent on inflicting hardship on the state.

AljazirahNigeria recall that an audio messaged believed to have been released by the members of Boko Haram, circulated in early February in which a suspected member of the group claimed they were responsible for the attack on the transmission tower.


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