Blackout In Gombe, Yola, Others As Vandals Destroy Four Transmission Towers


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By Sunday Etuka, Abuja

Bulk electricity supply to Gombe, Yola, Jos and Jalingo has been disrupted following the destruction of four towers along the Jos – Gombe 330kV transmission line.

The General Manager, Public Affairs of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mrs. Ndidi Mbah who disclosed this in a statement on Monday said, the Towers were vandalised at about 3:32pm on Monday, 22nd April, 2024.

Mrs. Mbah noted that when the 330kV transmission line tripped, the company’s operators attempted to restore it to service but it tripped again, prompting the dispatch of TCN lines men to trace the line in order to detect and rectify the fault.

She revealed that during the fault tracing, TCN’s engineering crew discovered that
towers 288, 289, 290, and 291 were vandalised and that some tower members were carted away. Also, the towers had equally collapsed as a result of the incident.

The GM said, “presently, bulk power supply to Gombe, Yola, and Jalingo Substations have been disrupted, affecting bulk power supply to parts of Yola and Jos Electricity Distribution Companies’ franchise areas”.

She, however, disclosed that to mitigate the effect of the incident on electricity consumers affected by the incident, TCN is trying to first back-feed Gombe through its 132kV transmission line from Bauchi and subsequently Ashaka, Potiskum, Damaturu, and Billiri/ Savannah.

Mrs. Mbah assures that the company will do everything possible to ensure that supply is restored to the affected areas, while efforts are made to reconstruct the four vandalised towers.


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