Vandals struck at Tower 53, Itu-Adiabo 132kV transmission line located in a valley in Inuakpa, Odukpani Local Government Area in Cross Rivers State and cut down the transmission tower which TCN had earlier taken out for transmission lines re-conductoring to enhance its capacity.
A release signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Ndidi Mbah, says that the vandalized tower was discovered by TCN engineers around 3pm on the 16th of November, 2017, while on transmission lines patrol. This act of vandalism is a clear unpatriotic act of sabotage against the transmission expansion initiatives of the present management of the company.
According to the release, the Itu – Adiabo132kV transmission line which emanates from the Adiabo transmission station is the second transmission line through which power is supplied to Calabar and environs. Although Calabar is currently being fed from the Adiabo-Calabar 132kV transmission substation, the vandalized tower enables TCN back-feed Calabar when a fault or transmission lines tripping occur.
TCN statements further noted with regrets that TCN spends funds meant for projects expandsion on replacing vandalized costly transmission equipment and lines lost to activities of vandals, which is anti-progressive. Security operatives are already at the site of the incident, to assess the damage and conduct further investigations.
TCN is unrelenting in its efforts to serve the nation and will continue to diligently pursue its planned transmission rehabilitation and expansion programme, in line with the Federal government’s strategy on incremental power.
TCN appealed to host communities of its installations to assist it in the safeguard of its installations and to report to the nearest security office, suspicious activities around its installations.