Kano DisCo seeks to combat theft and vandalism with "community police"

The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has again appealed to the public to intensify surveillance in their communities as a measure to tackle theft and the increasing cases of transformer vandalism in their areas.

Newsmen report that the DisCo has over time been complaining of theft and vandalism, which amount to the loss of millions of Naira.

KEDCO in a statement by its Head of Corporate Communication, Ibrahim Sani Shawai, on Thursday, said the measure will guarantee constant and quality supply of electricity to customers.

“Those vandalising our equipment are taking advantage of the raining season to sneak into our transformers to vandalise cables, steal oil and other valuables. The danger of such acts is exposing the general public and even the perpetrators to disaster,” reads part of the statement.

The Kano DisCo, therefore, appealed to the general public to help by reporting attempts to vandalise or steal any of its equipment to its nearest offices or security outlets.

Newsmen reported that in 2020 alone, KEDCO alleged to have lost over N260m in three months to the activities of vandals in its franchise states of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa.