The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) has so far lost a total of 100 transformers to vandals in Logas State within the last four months.
PHCN Principal Manager (Public Affairs) in the zone, Mr Pekun Adewanju, disclosed this when a suspected vandal of its facilities was paraded by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, last week.
The PHCN image maker stated that vandals were making management of the company uncomfortable, and attributed the darkness engulfing some parts of Lagos to the ugly development.
He lamented that the vandals were terrorising Ikorodu, Ojota and their environs, and appealed to communities to assist in providing security for transformers as the company would no longer be liable for any other damage to its installations.
“The money we spend on repairing vandalised transformers is too much”, he said, and appealed to residents to join the campaign for the security of PHCN facilities.
Meanwhile, the suspect, Osaro Elvis, a 22-year old man was arrested for allegedly attempting to vandalise electricity transformer belonging to PHCN at Owode Onirin, Lagos, at about 2am penultimate Sunday.
He was apprehended by residents of the area, and handed over to the police while his colleague-in-crime escaped.
Elvis, who made confessional statement to the police, admitted to have vandalised no fewer than six transformers over the last three months, which he sells to ready buyers at Ojota area.
The suspect, who resides at 20 Owodele Street, Mile 12, in Lagos, was working as a driver with an engineering company before his arrest.
He further explained that they carry out their operations in the night, and have capacity to penetrate and vandalise transformers no matter how secure they may appear to be.
Adewanju commended residents of Owode Onirin community for rising up to occasion, stressing that if the residents had not shown active concern, the suspect would have continued with his illegal activities.
He called on other communities to emulate the patriotic spirit of the residents of Owode Onirin, so as to check the activities of vandals.
However, the police spokesman, had said that the case will be transferred to the anti-crime section at the command headquarters for further investigations.