Boko Haram insurgents on Tuesday evening attacked the 330/132kV transmission substation at Molai in Maiduguri, Borno State. The substation comprises 150MVA and 60MVA power transformers which feed Yola Disco customers in Maiduguri and environs.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in a statement by the General Manager (Public Affairs), Ndidi Mbah said two Post Isolators Porcelain units were affected, but that the cracks won’t affect supply to the substation.
According to the statement, two Hilux vans and one vehicle belonging to a staff of TCN were destroyed while insurgents made away with the third Hilux van. Other items said to have been destroyed include a truck, computer, monitor and printer in the control room. The windows of the Control Room and staff house were also shattered by gunshots.
The operator on duty was said to have shut down the station before leaving the substation to avoid a major electrical accidents during the attack.
The company said its engineers restored power evacuation from the substation on Wednesday after thorough checks.
The 330/132/33kV Molai Transmission Substation was completed and energized October 25, 2018 and was also formally commissioned 13 February 2019.