North Nigeria City In Dark For Week After Terrorists Sabotage
Sumaira FH 2 months ago Tue 02nd February 2021 | 03:00 PM
Maiduguri, Nigeria, Feb 2 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Feb, 2021 ) :Residents of the northeastern Nigerian city Maiduguri have been struggling with a power blackout for a week after militants blew up supply lines, causing water shortages and disrupting businesses and daily life.
The attack was the third time in a month that the IS-linked Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group have plunged the city of three million into darkness for days by blowing up transmission lines.
Maiduguri's latest troubles came as President Muhammadu Buhari replaced his top four military commanders, in a sudden overhaul after months of criticism over the handling of the country's decade-long insurgency.
"It has been a whole week without a light in the city which has grounded my welding job," the 27-year-old told AFP.
"I have now turned to a labourer, assisting a bricklayer for a fraction of what I make as a welder, which is inadequate to feed my family," Musa said.
He would usually earn the equivalent of around $6.60 (about 5.5 Euros) per day at his workshop.
Grema Umar's ice-block vending business has also crumbled, forcing him to contemplate begging to feed himself.
"I have nothing left, even if power is restored I will have to raise another capital and I don't know how," Umar said.