Vandals attack Abuja transmission line – TCN

THE Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said suspected vandals attacked its Gwagwalada-Kukwaba-Apo 132KV Transmission Line 1 in Abuja on Sunday, December 10.

The organisation stated this in a statement on Monday, December 11.

The statement signed by TCN General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, noted that the transmission line was “vandalised between Tower 23 and Tower 25.”

According to the statement, the line was reportedly vandalised when the bulk power supply was cut off, necessitating an early morning investigation by the TCN’s linesmen.

Mbah said a vandalised section of the line route between Tower 23 and Tower 25 was discovered during investigations.

He explained that the Kukwaba Transmission Substation was without electricity due to the vandals taking conductors with them.

However, he said while plans were being made to fix the damaged line, the TCN had temporarily restored bulk power supply to the Kukwaba substation through the Apo substation.

“TCN has restored bulk power supply to Kukwaba Substation at 07:08 p.m. as a temporary solution through Apo substation. Arrangements are, however, ongoing to effect repairs on the affected line,” Mbah said.

In September, the TCN said vandals destroyed 109 transmission towers across Nigeria in nine months.



    This was revealed in the company’s most recent vandalism report, which claimed that excavation had put transmission towers in danger and that 330kV and 132kV double circuit power transmission wires had been destroyed.

    The TCN report said most vandalism happened in the Benin, Lagos, Kano, Enugu, and Abuja regions.

    According to the company, Abeokuta’s power supply was disrupted for a few days due to the necessity of supplying large amounts of electricity over a different line. This, it said, allowed Ibadan Distribution Company to send electricity to its clients whose supply was impacted by the incident.

    The report said vandals severed the legs of the four towers in the Benin region by attacking towers 30 to 33 along the Ihovbor-Osogbo-Benin-Osogbo double circuit transmission line.

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