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Residents of Ikotun and Igando communities in Lagos have lamented over the theft of their transformers’ cables. The residents are pleading with the government to come to their aid.
Unknown persons were said to have stolen about eight cables from a transformer located at Itanlaye in Ikotun and two cables at Ojo Oladapo on Igando road. The 10 cables were stolen four weeks ago and cost about N800,000.
Mr Abdullateef Sulaimon, a resident said the stolen cables have caused a blackout in the area in the past four weeks.
Sulaimon said armed robbers have taken advantage of the blackout to raid houses at night.
He said residents have reported the problem to the electricity authority at Egbe.
In his words, “We were told that we will have to wait till about next year before they will come and fix the cables. Armed robbers attack the area almost every day because we don’t have light.
They beat, collect phones and other valuables from residents. People are scared, some people no longer sleep in their homes and some have relocated as a result of the fear of being robbed.
He added, “We spend much money on fuel and this is affecting us. If there is light, we won’t be suffering like this.”
Comrade Monsuru Ola, another resident in the area noted that they didn’t know on time that the cables were stolen because they usually don’t have light regularly.
He said, “It was about three days after the cables were stolen that we discovered. We initially taught there was no light. We have been in darkness for the past four weeks and nothing was being done by the government.
“Our area used to be free of robbers. Now, robbers come to our area regularly. We can no longer walk late at night. The area is no longer safe.”
Alhaji Moshood Akinlolu, also a resident, appealed to the government to come to their aid.
“We have to burn tyre on the roadside in the night so that the thieves will know that we are not asleep. If we have light, the area will be safe.
“When there are light, transformers are working, but the cables that supply’s light to the neighbourhood have being stolen,” he said.