Western Region: Thief almost burnt to death by electrical cables he was stealing, battling for his life presently in hospital

Nemesis caught up with a young man after he attempted to steal control cables at the sub-station of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) at Whindo in the Western Region and got burnt in the process.

The unfortunate news was confirmed by the Western Region General Manager of ECG Ing. Emmanuel Justice Ofori who revealed in an interview that he was informed of an unsuccessful theft case at the Company’s Sub Station at Whindo on Wednesday.

He indicated that the thief had attempted to steal control cables from a VT Control setup but got badly burnt in the process.

“The purpose of the VT setup is to isolate faulty areas when there is a fault so that the total outage will be minimal. But for some time now, thieves are targeting the control cables in the setup.

They have stolen from two Sub Stations at Windy Ridge, stolen from Airforce and Amanful. We have reported the matter to the police and were hoping that the culprits will be caught only for me to be called yesterday and informed about a failed attempt at our Sub Station at Whindo.

The men I dispatched together with some policemen took the thief to
Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital.”

Newsmen who were designated to cover the story got to the Whindo Sub Station and saw that two cables connected to the VT Control setup were hanging loosely. They have been cut with the copper lining popping out.

Western Region Safety Manager of ECG Francis Tawiah Mensah, who took the news team around the Sub Station, implored residents to be on the lookout for any suspicious activities around ECG installations.

“Immediately, there is an outage in your area or your light becomes unstable try and go to where your Sub Station is and investigate. It could be thieves at work.”

The thief is currently at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital receiving treatment, a cost ECG may have to bear as he has not been able to speak for the past 48 hours.

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