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Maiduguri again deprived of electricity after sabotage by Boko Haram

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                In northeast Nigeria, the large city of Maiduguri is again deprived of electricity after the sabotage of electrical infrastructure on Saturday March 27 by the jihadists.  This is the second time in a few months that the electricity grid that supplies the capital of Borno State has been cut by the men of the Boko Haram group, who operate in the region.

                                    <p><em>With our correspondent in Lagos, </em><strong>Liza Fabbian</strong>

The jihadists blew up two power transmission towers on the high-voltage line that connects the town of Maiduguri to Damaturu, one of their strongholds. This attack, which occurred on Saturday morning, March 27, once again deprived the inhabitants of the capital of the state of Borno of electricity.

They had already spent two months in the dark after another sabotage on this high-voltage line on January 26. An attack claimed by Iswap, the branch of Boko Haram affiliated with the Islamic State group.

Repeated sabotages

Repair operations are extremely difficult, due to the terrorist threat on the Maiduguri – Damaturu axis. At the end of February, several technicians from the national electricity company were injured in a mine explosion, while driving towards the damaged lines.

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The consequences of this repeated sabotage are terrible for the inhabitants of the city of Maiduguri, which is also home to 1 million displaced people from the conflict against Boko Haram. Many small artisans cannot work without electricity, and water is scarce when the electric pumps in the wells are off. The use of diesel generators remains too expensive an option for a majority of the population.

►Also read: Nigeria: has the humanitarian crisis in the northeast been neglected?


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