Communities across Nigeria have been battling theft of electricity distribution appliances in major cities.
Several communities have been forced to live in darkness as hoodlums invade power installations, stealing cables and other important components of electricity transformers recently.
The underground cable servicing over eight streets in Ekoro community, in Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Lagos State, were removed overnight early this year, plunging the area into darkness for two weeks before a new one was purchased through contributions at the rate of N150, 000. Many other streets in the area also suffered the same fate, few weeks after the incident.
Residents of Agbado/Crossing in Ifo Local Government, Ogun State, in July, woke up to see that the transformer serving over 10 streets had been ripped opened. After proper scrutiny, the cable and other important parts were removed, before the necessary authorities gave them placement after a week.
Sometime in May, residents of Peter Agha Street and the adjoining streets in Oke Afa area of Lagos, woke up one morning to discover theft of their underground cables, attached to an electricity transformer serving the entire community.
This resulted in zero electricity supply for the area for three months, before the Ikeja Distribution Company and the Landlords’ Association came together to fashion out solution to replace the stolen cable and forestall a reoccurrence.
Sometime last year, residents of Arigbajo, Ogun State, experienced what could be termed serial theft, as three transformers positioned in outskirts of the community were badly tampered with, carting away their cables and other essential parts.
Each of the houses in the community was forced to cough out a stipulated amount of money to ensure replacement, after weeks in darkness.
Similar cases abound in different parts of the country that are not reported. While some have been able to fix theirs through communal efforts, others are since then living in darkness as the concerned authorities have left them to cope with their fate.