School drop out gets 8 months for electrical cable theft

The Aflao District Court on Friday sentenced an 18-year-old school drop-out, Okey Seghou, to eight months imprisonment for stealing electrical cables belonging to the Electricity Company of Ghana.

He pleaded guilty.

The court, presided over by Mr Frimpong Manso, was told that the cables, which were part of materials being used for the new network from ECG’s Aflao bulk supply point to Keta had a street value of GH¢6,700.

Detective Corporal (Cpl) S. Foritong, who presented the facts, told the court that accused was spotted by a witness on Wednesday, July 18, at about 4.00 am in the company of another person carting the cables.

The court heard that accused was confronted by the witness who asked him what he was doing with the cables at that hours but he did give the witness any tangible explanation.

Cpl Foritong said the prosecution the witness escorted him to the police station, however, Seghou’s accomplice fled the scene.

The prosecution said that during interrogation by the police, Seghou said that the accomplice, his brother, whose name he gave as Eskala, sought his assistance to convey the cables to the Avoeme area for sale.

Meanwhile, the ECG District Manager in-charge of Denu, Ms. Christine Hadzi, commended the residents of Aflao for their vigilance, and called on all and sundry to support the company to improve the quality of service to the public.

She said that the project to link the Aflao Bulk Supply Point to Keta was intended to provide an alternative robust system to reduce power outages, but it has suffered several setbacks as a result of cable theft.

FROM ALBERTO MARIO NORETTI, AFLAO

 

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