The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) has said residents of Essien road in Ikot Ekpene Metropolis will live without power supply for a long time due to the activities of vandals who entered the in cap substation in the town and vandalized the Transformer which supplies power to the entire Ephraim Essien road GRA.
The manager, Ikot Ekpene Business Service Area, PHED, Mr Moses Achi said the susptected vandal, one Ikake Kingsley from Ini local government area broke into the incap station when there was brief power outage.
According to him the alleged thief cut two up-rises cables of 15m each of 150mm 2x 4 core armoured cable.
He said that the suspected vandal was accosted by the security men in the area after a resident alerted men of the special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) who arrested him.
Mr Achi however regretted that the stolen cable recovered from the vandal would be of no use as it was completely destroyed.
“There is no way we can make use of the stolen cables as it was cut into several pieces by the vandal for easy movement. It will also cost substantial amount of money to replace the damaged equipment.” he noted.
The Business Manager therefore urged communities to beef up security so that residents can be protected from such blackouts in future.
Mr. Achi noted that the activities of vandals was responsible for the black out in Akwa Ibom State adding that only recently there have been three cases of electricity theft and vandalism of transformer armoured cable.
According to him transformers armoured cables were stolen recently in three different areas in Uyo town adding that this has been a bane in the course of service delivery and led to huge revenue loss in PHED.
The Business Manager revealed that the, suspect was in police custody at Ikot Ekpene. Also speaking the Manager, Corporate Communication, PHED, Mr. Jonah Iboma said there was overwhelming evidence to establish a case of vandalism against the suspect.
“We will ensure that this case is taken to its logical conclusion. This is to ensure that it serve as a deterrent to others and aid in the eradication of this evil that has been a clog in the wheel of progress in the electricity supply industry in Nigeria,” he said.