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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said that Boko Haram insurgents have cut off Maiduguri, Borno state capital, from the national electricity grid.

In a statement on Monday, TCN spokesperson, Ndidi Mbah, said the insurgents damaged the electricity equipment serving the state capital and its environs.

She said the agency is making efforts to restore electricity supply in the area as soon as possible.

“The Transmission Company of Nigeria hereby inform 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,” Mbah said.

“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 some time, for the same reason.

“TCN has located the fault on the Maiduguri – Damaturu line and has arranged to repair the line. Bulk electricity would be restored to Maiduguri on or before January 20, 2020.

“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.”

The national electricity grid has recorded its first collapse in the year.

The grid collapsed more than 10 times in 2019, causing power failure across the country.

The system was said to have collapsed around 12:37 on Thursday resulting in power outage in some parts of the country.

The development was confirmed in a tweet by Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC).

“Dear Customer, present outage affecting all is a TCN System Disturbance on the grid. Power to be restored as soon as available,” the company said.

“Dear Customer, the outage which occurred at 1237hrs is due to a TCN system collapse affecting Lekki, Ibeju & environs. The team is working to restore power. Please, bear with us.”

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