The Ashanti Regional Police Commander has arrested 40 customers of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) in Kumasi and its vicinities for power theft.
The suspects were arrested yesterday in a joint operation organized by the police and ECG personnel to check power theft in Kumasi.
The arrested customers had their power disconnected for defaulting in payment of power they had consumed.
Briefing journalists in Kumasi after the mass arrest, the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Yusif Tanko explained that customers of ECG reconnect their power when they had been disconnected.
‘For sometimes now we received lots of complaints from regional office of ECG that when they go round to disconnect customers who owe, they reconnect themselves without paying the bills owed,’ he said.
He recalled that defaulters who were arrested some weeks were scot-free.
‘About two weeks ago we embarked on a similar exercise, where defaulting customers were made to pay fine according to ECG rules, and were allowed to go without being punished. The situation is persistent, so now the decision is that those who will be arrested will be taking to court, and then the court will decide on their fate,’ he indicated.
He assured that the police will support the ECG to clamp down defaulters.
‘We went to Asuoyeboa, Atonsu, Kwadaso, Breman, Kokoben and Dompase, 40 defaulting customers arrested and are being processed for court, we are going to support ECG to clamp down these defaulters by collecting their monies in order to be able to finance their activities,’ he stated.
On his part, the Regional Public Relations Officer of ECG, Erasmus Kyere Baidoo revealed that customers in the region owe the company to the tune of GHC100.00
‘If you look at the aggregate in the Ashanti Region alone, our customers owe us to the tune of almost GHC100,000 if we don’t take stringent measures, customers will continue to take us for a ride, the strategy we have adopted is that we will go to house to house, door to doors, premises to premises and check bill and meters. This is an act of impunity for people to reconnect themselves. This will not be a one day wonder, we continue to pursue them until they become responsive and pay their bills, and we able to recover the cost of operations. Other than that the company and Ghanaians will in the long run be the end losers,’ he asserted.