Four men suspected to be vandals have been arrested by men of the Nigerian Army attached to the multi million naira Papalanto Power Station in Ogun state south west Nigeria.
The suspects according to investigation have been carrying out their nefarious activities which has been taking its toll on power generation at the power station whose first phase was commissioned over five years ago by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Although, according to some of the officials of the power station, the station activities has remained undisturbed but findings revealed that the operation may be hampered any moment from now as a result of the damage done to the installation with the incessant cutting of the copper wire by the vandals.
Speaking with Journalists after the assessment of the level of damage done by the vandals, the Acting Principal Manager, Public Affairs, Mr.Tokunbo Peters described the situation as economic sabotage which will not only affect the people of Ogun state but the entire Nigeria as the damage done will affect the input of the station in to the national grid.
He put the total cost of the cable stolen by the vandals at N35 million saying with the situation, there is possibility of shutting down the station for necessary repair to be carried out in order for the station to pick up again for optimal performance.
He said the activities of the vandals remain a great disservice to the intention of the Federal Government to stabilizing power supply in the country. He said it was quite unfortunate that while the country was still grappling with severe load shedding due to inadequate generation , some criminal elements in the society could be going about vandalizing power installations ,thus adding to the sufferings and discomfort of the public. The suspects have been handed over to the Police for prosecution.
They have however been handed over to the police for proper investigation as well
as to ensure the arrest of their sponsors.