Mystery explosion throws parts of Asaba into darkness

An explosion at an injection substation has left residents of the Asaba, the Delta State capital, and Koka without power supply. The management of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) released a statement yesterday noting that the explosion has resulted in a disruption of power supply in the affected areas.

A team of engineers from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has already commenced repairs on the facility. While the explosion is most probably the result of a technical fault, there has been no official statement on the cause of the explosion at the time of this report. However, the statement released by BEDC notes that the unfortunate disruption occurred on the marking of the 29th anniversary of Delta State.

No mention was made about the expected duration of the service disruption, but the statement regretting that the “inconvenience is coming during a period Delta State is marking it’s 29th anniversary” suggests that residents mighty be without power supply for several days at the least.

Of course, mixed reactions trailed the announcement by BEDC on Twitter, with some social media users both complimenting for the announcement, while others complained of service disruption in other areas covered by the power company. At the time of filing this report, there has been no update on the status of the damaged facility.


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