Asokoro Under Attack By Criminals Who Specializes In Vandalizing And Stealing Cables In Transformers

The residents of Julius Nyerere Crescent, Asokoro in Abuja have expressed concerns over unabating vandalism of their transformer’s armored cable.

A resident who wished to remain anonymous made this expression over the weekend after a public notice was issued to the residents that heavy rain disrupted the power supply, and unfortunately, their transformer’s armoured cable was vandalized by bandits.

“Some areas in Asokoro district under the band A electricity zone area are under siege as a result of incessant vandalization and stealing of cable and wires from transformers which has left the areas in total darkness for some days.

“The officials of AEDC seem helpless as the incident is normally done in the early hours of the morning and the Asokoro Divisional Police Station seems helpless as well.

“The issue is, if this can be done in highbrow low-density Asokoro area, what will happen to other areas

He said further, “One would expect AEDC to step up and protect their investment in a situation where most of these households are paying over 40k per month for electricity due to the federal government-induced increase in tariffs

“Ironically all the political bigwigs stay in Asokoro,

“If nothing is done to stop this rise in crime, it might encourage the criminals to escalate their activities to other highbrow areas like Maitama, Wuse 2 etc.

In another operation carried out yesterday on the same transformer 13 Cables were cut away.

“Similar vandalisation also in Garki Area 1, Kano street same yesterday. It is becoming an occurring criminal operation as cables were removed by vandals under the heavy rain four days ago.

“There must have been a power outage for them to carry out this act, and is normally done under the cover of darkness and heavy rainfall but luckily they restored the cabling last night so we have light now. But this act of cable theft is currently going on in every part of Abuja, a resident of Garki said.

Efforts to reach the General Manager, Corporate Communications for the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and the Divisional Police Officer of the Asokoro Divisional Police Station at the time of filing this report proved abortive

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