Benin Republic, Niger pay FG $10m after Power disconnection threat

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The Republics of Benin and Niger paid $10.1m as electricity bill to Nigeria to avert being disconnected from their power source, Punch reported.

Nigeria sells power to the Republics of Togo, Niger and Benin, and classifies the West African countries as international customers.

The paper had previously reported that the federal government threatened to stop supply of power to both countries and others on account of accumulated debts.

It said in order to avert disconnection, both countries made the payment through their respective power firms, with NIGELEC of the Republic of Niger paying $3.79m, while the Community Electric du Benin of the Republic of Benin remitted $6.32m to Nigeria’s electricity market.

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