Electricity has been restored in Maiduguri, two months after Boko Haram insurgents crippled power supply in the Borno state capital.
Channels TV reported that the January 26 attack, was the third time in a month that militants from the IS-linked Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group plunged the city into darkness.
At Bakassi camp which hosts more than 30,000 people displaced by the conflict in the region, residents were seen rejoicing. One of the residents of the camp, Sihiyina Chinde said;
“Seriously, I appreciate it. I’m a maths and statistics student and now I can read my books without using my torchlight.”
Across the road, a group of children were buying cold water sold in small plastic bags. The shop owner, Ibrahim Mustafa Goni said;
“The light came back at 5:42pm. Life has been hard especially at the moment, in the hot season, when cold water is really needed.
“I had to increase the price of my commodities (as a result) and customers were complaining.
“I’m happy, but I appeal for the government to provide more security so that it doesn’t happen again.”