The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) said it had lost transformer oil, aluminium conductors, upriser cables and other valuables valued at N108.8 million to vandals in three states-Kano, Katsina and Jigawa, from August to date.
The Public Relations Officer of KEDCO, Mr Mohammed Kandi, disclosed this in a statement signed by him and issued to newsmen in Kano on Thursday.
Kandi said the spate of vandalism, energy theft and meter bypass had recently risen extremely in the company’s areas of operation and was becoming unbearable.
According to him, “The appalling development has caused the company huge losses and setbacks within a period of six weeks.”
He, therefore, called on customers its customers, “who bear the brunt” to watch over the installations in their areas and report to the appropriate security agencies any suspicious move for action.
The PRO quoted the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of KEDCO, David Omoloye, as saying “the number of vandalised materials includes: 46.5 drums of transformer oil, 2, 130 aluminium conductors (150mm2), 4, 500 aluminium conductors (100mm2), 535 and 15 (150mm2&70mm2)”.
Other materials include; “825 XLPE Cable (35mm2), 529 (500mm2) &161 (300mm2) Incomer Cables and 40 Busbar.”
Omoloye said that the wicked acts took place in Sabon Gari, Sharada, Tudun Wada, Dala, Dakata, Dutse, Funtua, Hadejia, Kabuga, Katsina, Kumbotso, Malumfashi, Mariri and Nasarawa.
He said, “I am appealing to all our esteemed customers in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states to watch over our installations as their own because when the damage is done they suffer weeks of blackout.”