Nigeria appears to have been hit by system collapse to the national grid, according to reports from across the country.
Several social media users reported seizures of electricity to their areas starting Friday night. It was unclear when the collapse first occurred, but some of the earliest posts on Twitter were at about 11:30 p.m. Friday.
Users from Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Ile-Ife reported power failures in those cities around the same time — an indication typical of a national grid downtime. A user from Owerri, however, reported power availability as of 12:25 a.m. Saturday.
What triggered the massive failures could also not be confirmed as of 6:00 a.m. Saturday. A spokesperson for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) did not immediately return a request seeking comments.
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company acknowledged the breakdown in a tweetstorm to a barrage of complaints on its Twitter handle Saturday morning, pleading with consumers to be patient.
@aedcelectricity please what is the update about this blackout?
Good day Oluwadamilare, our apologies for the outage. The loss of power supply is due to a grid system outage. We sincerely regret this and hope for quick restoration. We will keep you updated as time goes by. We appreciate your understanding.