The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) said it has lost nine 500kv transformers worth several millions of Naira to serial vandals at Aleto, Ebubu, Alesa and Alele in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers state, Independent reports.
This was disclosed by John Onyi, Manager, Corporate Communications, Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) during a meeting that had in attendance the Caretaker Committee Chairman, Hon. Godwin Abbey-Ollo and other stakeholders at the Council Headquarters.
Mr. Onyi expressed worries over unabated activities of the serial vandals who in the last two months have been in the habit of removing armoured cables, cannibalisation of feeder pillars and draining transformer oil, among others, thereby throwing the affected communities into unnecessary darkness.
He, therefore, called on the relevant authorities in the area to step up vigilance by accosting or reporting anybody with suspicious movement around PHED installations, adding that the vandals are not ghosts but are human beings living in or around the community.