Laleye Dipo in in Minna
Vandals of electrical installations have thrown Minna the Niger State capital into complete blackout.
The vandals were said to have removed valuable items from not less than 50 electric transformers cut the armored cable connecting electricity to these transformers in addition to cutting and stealing electric cables.
THISDAY learnt that the value of the loss to these vandals had been put at several millions of naira.
Following the activities of these vandals, the state capital and its environs had been thrown into complete blackout for three days running. As a result, business and commercial activities depended on electricity have been paralysed.
The situation has been worsened by poor supply of electricity from the national grid.
Before this latest incident, the state capital was getting only three hours of electricity daily even then the capital was shared into about 20 units for the supply of electricity.
Until the time of writing this report, the police and other security agencies in the state have not apprehended any of these vandals.
“Our men are out to get those involved, we did so before and we will get them again,” a senior official of the NSCDC told THISDAY on condition of anonymity.
The Area Manager of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, Mr. Ahmed Baro, declined comment preferring to refer our correspondent to the Public Relations Officer who was said to be indisposed and on hospital bed.