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10 faces prosecution as TCN cracks down on vandals


The General Manager of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Benin Region, Isaac Okpe, revealed that ten individuals caught vandalizing TCN properties have been taken to court.

Okpe conveyed this information following an inspection tour of TCN Benin region, Benin sub-region, and TCN Ihovbor work center on Friday.

Expressing his dismay at the prevalence of vandalism, Okpe emphasized its significant threat to TCN’s operations.

He stated, “Vandalism is the biggest threat to TCN’s operation. It is unfortunate that people will go all out to destroy our facilities, especially our tower, instead of ensuring that it is protected so that we can all benefit from it. Ten people have already been arrested and have already been charged to court.”

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Okpe underscored the importance of addressing vandalism, expressing hope that those found guilty would face appropriate punishment.

In addition to the crackdown on vandals, Okpe highlighted ongoing efforts to upgrade equipment responsible for transmitting power generated to distribution companies.

He shared, “TCN is responsible for evacuating electricity generated by the Generating Companies and then wheeling it to the Distribution Companies. We are also the only company in the power industry that has a license to the national grid.”

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Regarding the importance of the Benin region, Okpe explained, “Benin region is one of the most important regions as it is the hub of the national grid. We cover Edo State, Delta State, and parts of Ondo and Ekiti states. The TCN has embarked on a series of projects aimed at grid expansion, and Benin region is not left out, and it is all in a bid to serve the people better.”

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Okpe also appealed to the public to respect TCN’s right of way and refrain from vandalizing TCN properties.

He emphasized the potential dangers, including harmful electromagnetic waves, national blackouts, fire outbreaks, and electrocution associated with such actions.