By Sam Kayode
Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC) Borno State command has
vowed to put in place a specialist wing of its men who would be saddled with the responsibility of policing the national grid infrastructure transmitting electricity into the state from the North-east region.
Borno State Commandant, Abdulahi Ibrahim, while speaking with newsmen
recently said that the unit will be specially trained like those of
Agro rangers created to serve as a buffer peace keeping force between
farmers and herdsmen.
Abdulahi observed that every public infrastructure in the country has
been placed in their care to protect adding that they will not sit
back and watch the insurgent Boko Haram plunge state capitals in the
north east like maiduguri into darkness with impunity.
“That incident of Jakana is not a separate one, we are addressing it
in conjunction with others and we will soon come up with a proper blue
print of how to get on the top of the situation.
“What we are planning will be a separate unit for the patrol and protection of all our transmission lines and pylons in the state.
They will be given special training on what to expect while discharging
their duties and we do hope that the state capital will rest from these spates of attacks when they take off.
“I can assure you that we are on top of the situation in ensuring that these attacks will soon be history. However, we only wish residents will support us accordingly by giving us information whenever they see something.
“Indeed we are not resting on our oars, you could see the vandals which we have arrested so far. We go after them daily because they too are part of the nuisances against the smooth transmission of electricity to our people” Said Abdulahi.
On scarcity of fuel in maiduguri at a time when people are looking for petrol to power their homes and offices, the commandant appealed to the people of Borno to team up with his men to get to the bottom of the issue. He said efforts were in top gear to stabilize the supplies
of the product.
“The insurgents are frustrated which is why they are venting their anger on soft targets to hurt the people of the state. Its the new dimension they have adopted because they are being frustrated from
sambisa forest where they are not given any breathing space to operate like before”, he stressed.
Commander Abdulahi who participated in a recent celebration of world civil defense day in maiduguri said that, his men are on red alert against threats on national and critical infrastructure like the transmission lines managed by the transmission company of Nigeria.
METROWATCH online recalls that Its been almost two months now a pylons
carrying 330kva of electricity supplies into maiduguri was attacked by
Boko Haram around jakana leaving the entire maiduguri and Jere council
area housing the unimaid community with an over bloated population of
over four million residents and internally displaced people in darkness.
Most residents whose livelihood evolves around the supply of electricity have been stranded without anything to feed their families at this critical time of the second wave of covid-19.
In spite of the fact that almost 40,000 people are believed to have perished in the 11-year-old war with insurgent Boko Haram, more than half of the state’s almost 7 million people do not have
electricity supplies even as they live in IDP camps scattered all over
northern and central Borno state.