Vice President Osinbajo caught in a crossfire in Niger State

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo Osinbajo attended a function in Minna, Niger State yesterday.

The occasion was the 8th Festival of Songs, organized by the Minna Choral Society.

Alongside the Vice president, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello (of Niger State) and other dignitaries were in attendance.

The well-attended festival was barely 30 minutes when power went off and threw the entire hall into confussion.

Security agents and organizers went into a war of words with organizers accusing them of jeopadizing the life of the vice President.

 

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This brought the event to a halt for five minutes.

There was uneasy calm as security agents and the state government, as well as the organizers battled to restore power.

Governor Bello excused himself from the hall and returned to the hall after light had been restored.

The governor reportedly went to observe his prayers but the august visitors kept their cool until power was restored.

Some dignitaries at the occasion expressed disappointment at the embarrassment.

They blamed the organizers for relying solely on Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC.

Besides, the state has witnessed epileptic power supply in recent months.

After power was restored, an angry Governor Bello said his state hosts three power plants, ye they experience power failures.

He said they have consulted with FG to allocate an additional 10% from the national grid to the state,

“We have demanded from electricity generating companies to allocate additional 10% electricity from the national grid to the state.

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“That is yet to yield result.

“We can no longer wait but take appropriate action to seek other means of steady electricity supply to our people.

“We have started talks with two electricity companies based outside the country.

“We will start with Minna, the state capital then, it will cut across other local government areas of the state.