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Borno energy crisis worsens as TCN workers are killed

13 July 2015, 12:45Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has bemoaned the recent killing of its staff on duty saying it impacted on restoration of power in the Borno State.

Last Friday, soldiers on routine operations on Friday ‘mistakenly’ killed a driver of the company and injured others in Maiduguri, the capital.

The setback, TCN said, had hampered the restoration of electricity to the city and its environs.

The shooting happened around Benisheikh, 70 kilometers away from Maiduguri, along Damaturu road, a terror hotspot.

“The incident occurred when our staff accompanied by the military who went to repair a transmission line near Benesheik were opened fire on by the military personnel attached to Benesheik who thought they were insurgents.

In the gunshot our driver was killed and three other persons including two soldiers were injured,” Garba said.

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The two soldiers are receiving treatment at the General Hospital while the two vehicles of the TCN and that of the military were destroyed.

Meanwhile, residents were irked by the tragic incident.

“It was unfortunate that this could have happened, we have never heard of the insurgents mistaken themselves and engaging each other in gunshots why should our soldiers be making this grievous mistake,” a Maiduguri resident, Abba Aisami, said.

 The resultant power outage in the state has been on for about two months.

Five weeks ago, another mishap along Maiduguri/Damboa road, happened as five soldiers who accompanied a team of engineers on repair mission to install power were killed when their vehicles ran over landmine planted on the road.

- CAJ News


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