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Crime & Punishment Sat, 19 Mar 2016

Student arrested over illegal connection

A 21-year-old student of the All Nations University College in Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital, has been arrested for engaging in illegal connection of electricity costing the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) an amount of GHc3,417.70.

David Ekemiy, currently caged in the Effiduase police cells, was busted at his residence, Rasta Down, near Koforidua Polytechnic, on Friday during a routine patrol by a team of the Regional Loss Control Unit (LCU) of the ECG, with the assistance of the police.

During the exercise, the LCU team detected that David had connected portions of his loads (gadgets) to electricity without passing through the meter.

The ECG regional General Manager, Ing. Michael Baah, told DAILY GUIDE that the estimated units lost as a result of David’s action, were about 6,000 and that the company was taking tough measures to retrieve all the debts owed by customers.

According to him, the ECG had been recording lots of losses in the region due to the illegal activities of power thieves.

Ing. Baah reiterated that his outfit was resolved to ensure that those caught in the act of illegal power connection face the full rigours of the law.

The regional ECG boss said the practice was becoming too rampant in the region and that it was time the culprits were apprehended and prosecuted.

He therefore cautioned customers of the ECG to desist from power theft and also pay their bills to enable the company serve them better.

David Ekemiy will be put before court on Monday.

Source: Daily Guide