Nigerian Capital, Abuja in total Blackout, as Vandals Bomb Major Facilities

In a disturbing development that has plunged parts of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, into darkness, a significant act of vandalism has been reported against the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

The company’s spokesperson, Ndidi Mbah, confirmed that Tower 70, situated along the 330KV Gwagwalada-Katampe transmission line in the Federal Capital Territory, was bombed by suspected vandals on the night of February 26, 2024.

This deliberate act of sabotage has resulted in a substantial decrease in the power supply to Abuja, reducing it by 250 megawatts and impacting the bulk power supply flexibility to the city.

The attack occurred around 11.32 pm, leading to an immediate power outage in the Gwagwalada Transmission Substation. Efforts to re-establish the connection through remote reclosure attempts proved unsuccessful, prompting a physical inspection of the transmission line. The inspection team discovered the tower’s four footings had been bombed, severely damaging the structure and leaving it to stand only with the support of its conductors.

In response to this critical situation, TCN has swiftly mobilized the site for emergency repairs of the damaged tower and its associated equipment. The company emphasizes the importance of community vigilance in safeguarding power infrastructure and urges the public to report any suspicious activities around these critical assets to security operatives or directly to TCN offices nationwide.


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