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Thieves plunge Lagos community into darkness

05 September 2014, 13:27

Lagos - Residents of Aboru in Agbado- Oke-Odo Local Community Development Area in Lagos State have decried the rampant theft of vital parts of electricity transformers.

The area has been searing under darkness in the past fortnight as unknown culprits vandalize the equipment.

The transformers affected are located at Victor Fagbemi road junction and Ago 40 area of the community.

A resident in the area, Bisi Olowo, told this publication the incidents were unfortunate.

“Last week, the armoured cable in the transformer at Ago 40 area was stolen at night. The area is still in darkness till now. This week again the same thieves came again and stolen the armoured cable in the transformer at Victor Fagbemi junction. This is very bad for a community that rarely enjoys electricity and we urge the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company to urgently look into this matter," he said.

Also read: Two cable vandals arrested in Enugu

Another resident of the area, Kolawole Adebanjo said the community suspects that staff of the power company might be responsible for the theft.

“An ordinary thief would not be able to steal those parts of the transformer.  We believe this could be an inside job. In just two weeks, the same parts are been stolen from different transformers in the area. We believe that only persons who have knowledge about the working and worth of those transformers parts can dare to steal them," he said.

Adebanjo pleaded with IKEDC, whose officials could not be reached for comment, to investigate the matter among its local staff in the area.

He also pleaded with the power company to urgently replace the stolen parts.

“The community should not be made to pay for replacement of the stolen parts as been practice before,” he said.

– CAJ News


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