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  • News - North East - Borno
  • Updated: June 13, 2024

Blackout again in Maiduguri as vandals destroy newly rebuilt towers

Blackout again in Maiduguri as vandals destroy newly rebuilt

Residents in Maiduguri, Borno State, are facing a complete blackout following an incident on Tuesday night where vandals used explosive devices to destroy two newly constructed towers. 

This destructive act has resulted in a repeat of the power outage experienced in December 2023.

Ndidi Mbah, the General Manager of Public Affairs at the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, revealed this in a press release issued on Wednesday.

According to TCN's statement, these two towers were part of a recent installation effort aimed at replacing previously vandalized infrastructure, where three towers were similarly destroyed by explosives.

The TCN said, “Two of its towers, T193 and T194, along the Damaturu -Maiduguri  330kV Single Circuit Transmission Line have again been destroyed by vandals.

“The incident, TCN believes, happened at about 10:15 p.m. yesterday night when the 150MVA power transformer at Molai Substation tripped at the same time as the 330kV transmission line supplying bulk power to Maiduguri from Damaturu Transmission Substation,” it stated.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria  reported that despite efforts by TCN engineers to restore the Mulai—Damaturu power line, repeated tripping prevented the bulk transmission of electricity.

In the statement, TCN disclosed that its engineers, accompanied by security personnel, conducted patrols on Wednesday and found that towers 193 and 194 along the 330kV transmission line had been deliberately brought down with explosive devices, leaving debris at the scene.

Mbah highlighted that the destruction of these towers has significantly impacted electricity supply to Maiduguri and surrounding areas.

The company noted that towers T193, T194, and T195 were previously destroyed on December 28, 2023, using similar improvised explosive devices. The two towers affected in the recent attack had been reconstructed following the earlier incident.

“TCN is currently assessing the situation with the view to deciding on the best approach to ensuring the temporary restoration of the power supply while a contractor is mobilised to rebuild the two transmission towers,” it said.

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