4 November 2012

Nigeria: Sokoto Thrown Into Total Blackout

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Governor Wamakko Accused of Flogging Electricity Boss

Sokoto — Sokoto State has been thrown into total blackout following the face-off between PHCN staff and Governor Aliyu Wamakko over alleged assault.

The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) had given the governor 48 hours to tender an apology for allegedly assaulting PHCN staff over power failure in his village, an allegation the governor denied.

Also in a reaction to the ultimatum, the Special Adviser to the governor on Media, Sani Umar, on Friday said the governor owed nobody apology even as he said the matter had been referred to the appropriate authorities for the law to take its course.

Throughout yesterday, there was no electricity supply in the state. Power supply was noted to have been cut in the state since Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile, a group under the aegis of Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, Sokoto chapter, has condemned the cutting of electricity supply by the union.

Addressing a press conference yesterday, the chairman of the group, Alhaji Ahmed Tangaza, described the union's action as "act of lawlessness and provocation" unleashed on the law abiding people of Sokoto State over a matter that is before a competent court of law.

He said, "We have in-patients who are on life support machines in various health facilities in the state. Our pilgrims are being expected to use the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport for landing.

"Water supply is currently being hampered. PHCN should not be unmindful of the grave consequences of their actions to the essential services enumerated above."

Tangaza pointed out "statutorily PHCN has a subsisting contract to supply un-interrupted electricity to the public. It therefore beats our imagination hollow to have observed that PHCN went ahead and cut electricity supply to the state on an un-substantiated allegation against the governor of Sokoto State."

The group called on PHCN to restore normal electricity supply to Sokoto State otherwise they go to court to seek redress.

It also urged President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President and Speaker House of Representatives among others to intervene in the matter.

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