13 February 2017, Lagos – The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company has said over 250 transformer substations valued at over N800m have been vandalised across its franchise areas in the last 11 months.
The IBEDC said in a statement on Sunday that apart from inadequate energy generation in the country, vandalism had been one of the major factors hampering the supply of regular electricity to its customers.
It warned that any act of vandalism would be tackled forthwith to ensure punishment for perpetrators found guilty.
The company said, “In a recent incident, hoodlums carted away the armoured underground copper cables of a transformer at Idi Ose, New Eruwa, Ibadan, leaving a community of over 1,000 residents in a blackout.
“Not less than N1m had just been invested in the installation of the transformer and its vandalism dealt a serious blow to power supply to the area.”