TCN Inferno: Oyo, Ogun, Osun May be in Blackout
Residents of Oyo state and parts of Osun, as well as Ogun state, may experience total blackout for a yet to be determined period of time following a fire incident that gutted a section of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, Ayede Sub-Station located off Akinyemi way, Ibadan.
Radio Nigeria correspondent, Adedayo Adelowo reports that the inferno lasted more than four hours.
Witness account revealed that the T1B, 150mva, 330kva power transformer exploded due to the inferno at around seven in the morning to leave residents of Akinyemi scampering for safety.
It took the combined efforts of government and private units of firefighters to put the fire under control.
Hundreds of onlookers stormed the area to catch a glimpse of the incident, a situation which made security operatives employ the use of tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Reacting, Chief Operating Officer for Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC, Mr. John Ayodele who regretted that the incident would greatly affect customers in the concerned region said investigation on the cause of the fire would commence immediately.
Mr. Ayodele noted that one out of the three transformers had been completely razed while cables and other facilities were affected.
Speaking with Radio Nigeria, Director, Fire Service Oyo State, Mr. Adeniyi Moshood and Assistant Superintendent of Fire Two, Federal Fire Service, Mr. Oluwaseun Abioye guessed that the transformer had being overworked hence the inferno.
An official of Red Cross Society of Nigeria, Oyo State, Mr. Olaleye Ojo who was rendering medical assistance said though no life was lost, three persons were injured.
The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Shina Olukola who visited the scene regretted the development and called on the public to be more security conscious at this time in case there is a long period of blackout.
Radio Nigeria reports that no fewer than ten fire-fighting trucks were deployed to quell the inferno.