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Residents cry as thieves steal big ECG transformer, remove vital parts (video)

Thieves have stolen an electricity transformer at Asafo, a community in Sefwi Wiawso municipality of the Western North Region, leading to a cut in power supply to the area and its environs.

After stealing the transformer at night, according to a report by UTV Ghana, the criminals had time to sit down and disassemble it before fleeing with the copper wires and other precious components.
The local assemblyman voiced his outrage at the situation and bemoaned how it has left the entire neighborhood and those who rely on the stolen transformer for energy in the dark.

He said that attempts were being made to apprehend the offenders and prosecute them.

A cable thief, 32, was hospitalized in April after being electrocuted and suffering serious burns from head to toe.

According to reports, the young guy, who has been named as Eric Kofi Quaye, tried to steal a cable from the Bulk Supply Point (BSP) at Aflao in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region but was unsuccessful.

Specifically, the BSP in issue is situated in Aflao along the Diamond Cement Road. It contains two portions, one of which is handled by GRIDCO and the other by ECG.

Benjamin Antwi, the Volta/Oti Public Relations Officer for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), verified the occurrence to Daily Guide Online.

He claims that it occurred on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, about 5:20 am.

He said that a preliminary analysis suggested the suspect attempted to cut the incomer cable by tampering with it, but instead was electrocuted.

The attempted cable theft caused power outages in the BSP-dependent towns of Denu, Aflao, Dzodze, sections of Keta, parts of Akatsi, Dzodze, Adina, Agbozume, Nogokpo, and Ave.

Restoring power to the impacted neighborhoods required many hours of repair work.

The crime had been reported to the Aflao, but the suspect was transported for treatment to the Ketu South Municipal Hospital because of his health.

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