Lights Out Again: Nigeria Grapples With Fifth Power Transmission Line Vandalism in a Month

Sabotage Strikes Shiroro-Katampe Line, Adding to a Disturbing Trend of Electricity Infrastructure Attacks

In yet another blow to Nigeria’s power infrastructure, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) reports that the Shiroro-Katampe 330 Kilo Volt (kV) transmission line has fallen victim to vandalism. This marks the fifth such incident within the span of just one month, plunging parts of the nation into darkness and raising concerns about the security of critical electricity infrastructure.

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A Disturbing Pattern Unfolds

As the clock struck 9 a.m. on Sunday, the Shiroro-Katampe transmission line experienced a sudden trip, signaling a disruption in the flow of electricity. Initial attempts by TCN engineers to restore operations proved futile, prompting a closer look at the situation. What unfolded next was a disheartening pattern that has become all too familiar in recent weeks.

A Battle Against Sabotage

TCN personnel, armed with a determination to restore power, dispatched linesmen to patrol the affected area and trace the fault. However, their efforts faced an unexpected obstacle: vandalism. The vigilante team leaders in the vicinity alerted TCN linesmen to the act of sabotage along the transmission line. Upon confirmation, it was revealed that Tower 244 to 245 had been vandalized, with the thieves making off with crucial conductors.

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Mobilizing for Recovery

In response to this act of sabotage, TCN is now mobilizing resources for the replacement of stolen conductors. The security of the site remains a priority, and the company is working diligently to complete security operations before initiating full restoration. While the vandalized section is in recovery, the second line, in conjunction with the Gwagwalada 330kV line, continues to provide service to the Kukwaba-Apo axis.

String of Incidents Raises Alarms

This incident adds to a concerning series of vandalism targeting Nigeria’s power infrastructure throughout February and March. The destruction of Tower 70 along the Gwagwalade-Katampe transmission line on February 26 is just one example of the challenges faced by TCN in safeguarding critical electricity assets.

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A Race Against Time

As TCN races against time to repair and fortify its power transmission lines, questions arise about the motives behind these acts of sabotage. The consequences extend beyond the immediate disruption of electricity supply, impacting businesses, households, and essential services.

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