The forceful closure of a transmission station located in Ahoada by a group of youths claiming to be from Ahoada has led to a complete loss of power supply to some parts of Rivers state and Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, Independent reports.
The forced outage has not only affected the Bayelsa state capital, but the adjoining communities in the state and some parts of Rivers state; namely Isiokpo, Emuoha, Elele, among others. The stick wielding youth came out en masse early last week, chanting war songs, blocked and barricaded the transmission station with fetish items and in the process forced the operators on duty to switch off the entire station.
John Onyi, the Corporate Affairs Manager of Port Harcourt Electricity and Distribution (PHED), said the unwarranted action of the youths led to the loss on 132kv lines supplying power to Yenagoa and ever since then, all effort made by the management of PHED to get the matter resolved has been met with threatening statements from the youths. He therefore called on the security agencies and the government of Bayelsa State to wade into the matter.
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