Police in Aflao in the Volta Region have arrested an electrician, Gilbert Edo Abefa, for illegally selling electricity meters to residents of Dzodze Township.
His arrest followed a monitoring exercise by the Revenue Protection Unit (RPU) of the Electricity Company Ghana (ECG) in the area.
The head of ECG Revenue Protection Unit in the region, Richard Bavor, told The Ghanaian Times that Abefa in connivance with other electricians, sold each meter between GH¢ 300.00 and GH¢ 450.00 to the unsuspecting residents.
The RCG official said while on its regular monitoring exercise, the team detected that some installed meters were not captured by the ECG.
“The high number of uncaptured meters we initially came across made us suspicious, and so we decided to conduct further investigations to determine the source of these meters,” Mr Bavor stressed.
He explained that “with the help of the townsfolk, we identified the single source of all these meters, which had been installed on the blind side of the ECG, and whose owners were consuming electricity without paying.”
Mr Bravor said investigations revealed that about 95 of the meters had been installed since April 2016, and residents, who purchased them, included those who required new services and others whose power supply had been disconnected by the ECG for non-payment of bills.
The Volta Regional General Manager of the ECG, Joseph Forson, commended the Ghana Police Service for supporting the operation, and revealed that efforts to audit electricity connections in the region, has been revamped, to make it more sustainable and effective.
“Our target is to make our distribution system ‘illegality-free’ within a very short time, so that we can review our methods of identifying and stopping all kinds of power theft in the system,” Mr Forson said.
He advised customers to deal directly with the district offices of the ECG to avoid any embarrassment or being swindled by miscreants.