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Yobe goes spiritual, declares war against vandals destroying electricity towers

16th May 2024

The Yobe State Government has gone spiritual in response to the ongoing issue of vandals damaging electricity towers in the state on Wednesday.

The Special Adviser to Governor Mai Mala Buni on Religious Affairs, Babagana Kyari, made the government’s position known during a prayer session in the state capital, Damaturu.

The vandals had destroyed electricity towers, cutting Borno and Yobe states from the national grid.

Kyari led a group of Muslim clerics in the recitation of the Holy Quran, prayers and slaughtering of cows for God to punish the insurgents crumbling the towers.

Slaughtering of cows after the prayer session.

The development followed the governor’s warning that after repairing the towers, he would lead the recitation of the Holy Quran and prayers against the criminals hell-bent on denying the two states electricity.

The Yola Electricity Distribution Company recently disclosed that the criminals, for the first time, crumbled the towers in December 2023, and for the second time, in February 2024, both of which were repaired by the Yobe State Government in collaboration with the Transmission Company of Nigeria.

While leading Muslim clerics and students of the Holy Quran that participated in Wednesday’s recitation and prayers session, where cows were sacrificed for Allah to expose and punish the insurgents crumbling the electricity towers, Kyari said enough was enough.

“The Spiritual prayer session was for Allah to expose and punish the criminals, their sponsors, their supporters, those who helped them with the tools used in the destruction of the towers, their transporters to the scene of the crime, whoever knows but refuses to expose them, buyers of the vandalised tower parts, and transformers thieves,” Kyari said.

The towers are part of the Jos – Gombe grid serving Borno and Yobe states with electricity.

Governor Mai Mala Buni during a visit to the vandalized electricity site recently.

All efforts to speak with the Director General, Media and Press Affairs to Governor Buni, Mohammed Mamman, proved abortive at press time, as phone calls put to him were not successful.


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