By Musa Adam
Vandals struck at Tower 53, Itu-Adiabo 132kV transmission line located in a valley in Inuakpa, Odukpani Local Government Area in Cross rivers state, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), has announced.
TCN also informed that development had cut down the transmission tower, earlier taken out for transmission lines re-conducting to enhance its capacity.
A release signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Ndidi Mbah, noted that the vandalized tower was discovered by TCN engineers around 3pm on the 16th of November, 2017, while on transmission lines patrol.
It said: “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.
It said though, Calabar was 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 occurred.
It further noted with regrets that TCN spends funds meant for projects expansion on replacing vandalized costly transmission equipment and lines lost to activities of vandals, which was anti-progressive.
It assured that security operatives were already at the site of the incident to assess the damage and conduct further investigations.