Suspected vandals using an Improvised Explosive Device IED, have destroyed a High Tension Transmission Line in Unguwar Kanawa, a suburb in the capital of Northeastern Bauchi State, a media report in the state says.
This power transmission line, integral for supplying electricity to other northeastern states, was sabotaged, disrupting the supply chain.
Residents of the community explained a loud sound from the explosion and later discovered the collapse of the High Tension Mast.
Confirming the incident, Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, the Spokesperson of the Bauchi State Police Command, said the command received a report from the Chief Security Officer of Federal Polytechnic Bauchi. The report indicated that on February 1, 2024, at approximately 10:00 PM, a loud sound was heard in the Anguwan Kanawa area, prompting the police response.
Wakil stated, “Preliminary investigation revealed that a High Tension pole collapsed and was damaged as a result of explosives used by suspected vandals.”
“In response, a team of police operatives, including specialists from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Chemicals Biological Radioactive and Nuclear (EOD-CBRN) Unit, was dispatched to the scene immediately.
“The area was subsequently cordoned off, and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team conducted a thorough sweep. Remnant components of the Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) were recovered from the scene.
Wakil assured that a discreet full-scale investigation into the incident is ongoing to apprehend the perpetrators and ensure that justice is served.
The deliberate sabotage of critical infrastructure is a matter of great concern, and authorities are actively working to safeguard the integrity of the power transmission network in the region.