THIRTY-FIVE people in the Northern Region, are standing trial at the Tamale District Magistrate’s Court, for stealing power from the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDco) of the Volta River Authority (VRA).
They included women and students of the various tertiary institutions, who were alleged to have illegally connected electricity to their rooms and homes.
The Public Relation Officer (PRO) of NEDco/VRA, Mr. Alassan Abaaba, in an interview with The Ghanaian Times on Monday, said some of the culprits have been stealing power for almost four years.
He hinted that many more people in the region would face the law as the NEDco/VRA embarked on an exercise to clamp down on those tapping power illegally.
Mr. Abaaba bemoaned that the illegal connection of electricity was not only denying the company of revenue, but also causing death and destroying property.
He urged the public to support the NEDco/VRA to prevent illegal connection of power and the tampering with of the electricity meters.
According Mr. Abaaba, some fire disasters and frequent power outages were due to the nefarious activities of unlicenced electricians.
He said the company would reward those who would report people who engage in power theft.
Meanwhile, the Tamale District Magistrate’s Court, presided over by Anthony Asaah, on Monday sentenced 14 of the culprits to pay various sums of money for enjoying power illegally or in default serve a prison term ranging from three to seven months.
From Yakubu Abdul-Majeed,Tamale