Daura Tower collapse: Sabotage suspected as DSS is called to investigate

Daura Tower collapse: Sabotage suspected as DSS is called to investigate

- The DSS has been called to investigate the collapse of a power transmission tower

- It is suspected vandals are responsible for the collapse

- Investigations showed it may have been sawed at the edges

The collapse of the 132kv power transmission tower conveying electricity to Daura and neighbouring towns in Katsina state is being suspected to be the work of vandals.

Daily Trust reports that "the tower which is among the many along the line is built by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and transmits electricity to the Daura transmission substation in the state.”

According to the observation gathered by the news media, the collapse seems to have been the handwork of vandals as the edges of the police seemed to have been sawed.

Ahmadu Abdullahi who is a farmer in the area said the experience was scary but could not confirm if it was a natural occurrence. He said: “But you can see the damage and some signs of cuts using a sharp object."

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Usman Aliyu Babajo who is the project supervisor said it was clearly a case of vandalism. He said: “From our preliminary investigation at the site, we met iron dust from grinder cutting. Bolts and nuts were forcefully cut open to further loosen for wind or any expected calamity.

“If it is wind that brought it down, the whole houses here would have been blown out, The vandals cut some of its base to loosen it to allow the heavy winds experienced in the area to push it down."

He said they had supervised the lines three weeks and nothing wrong was discovered.

What further confirmed our stand on sabotage was that no single material was missing from the site, insulators, suspension clamps, jumper are all intact. It is a confusing situation," he added.

Ndidi Mbah who is the general manager, public affairs of TCN, said the Department of State Services (DSS) has been alerted to launch an investigation into the incidence.

She said: “We are suspecting sabotage to embarrass the transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). We have involved the Department of State Services (DSS) who is investigating it. So we are awaiting the investigation to get the full result.”

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Legit.ng had reported that the managing director and chief executive officer of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Gur, has said that the federal government is committed to improving power supply to boost economic activities in the northeast.

Gur, who said this on Monday, May 14, at the inauguration of 132/133 KV substation with 1×40 MVA transformer in Mayo-Belwa town, Adamawa, noted that the northeast had been experiencing low voltage in electricity, Vanguard reports.

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Source: Legit.ng

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