Blackout in Maiduguri as Boko Haram allegedly destroy electricity tower

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Residents of Maiduguri and environs have been thrown into a lingering blackout following the destruction of one of the towers supplying electricity to the city from the national grid.

The tower was reportedly destroyed by militants in the Boko Haram-plagued state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the blackout, which has lasted for one week, has grounded many businesses.

Some residents, who spoke to newsmen, not only condemned the action of the insurgents but lamented the continued inability of the authorities concern to restore the power.

A welder named Moses Bala said the development has grounded his business because he solely depends on electricity from the national grid for his work.

He appealed to the authorities concerned to expedite action to restore the electricity. Musa Idris, Sahabi Abdulrahman, Amina Bello and Talatu Musa who also lamented on the power outage on their small businesses said they did not know the cause of the outage.

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