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Vandalism Cripples Power Restoration Efforts in North-East Nigeria

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) reports that the restoration of electricity in North-East Nigeria faces severe delays due to the vandalization of three electricity towers in Maiduguri, Borno State.

This situation exacerbates the existing challenge of repairing four previously damaged towers.

According to Ndidi Mbah, TCN’s Public Affairs Manager, one of the newly erected towers, number T290, collapsed during the cabling process on the Jos-Gombe 330kV transmission line, further hindering power restoration efforts.

Contractors have been mobilised to reconstruct the fallen towers. However, additional vandalism was discovered on the Biu-Dambua 132kV transmission line, where towers T1690, T1691, and T1692 were found collapsed and 16 spans of conductors stolen.

TCN has also initiated emergency repairs on Tower T540 along the Makurdi-Jos 330kV line, which was damaged but still standing.

These incidents follow a pattern of vandalism, with similar attacks reported in April, disrupting power supply despite ongoing restoration efforts.

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