Thief battles for his life after attempting to steal cables at ECG substation at Whindo
In today’s news, a young man believed to be in his early 30s has sustained life-threatening burns all over his body. This was after he attempted to steal control cables at the sub-station of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) at Whindo in the Western Region.
During an interview with the Western Region General Manager of ECG, he said that at about 8:30 pm Wednesday, he was informed of an unsuccessful theft case. The incident happened at the Company’s Sub Station at Whindo.
According to Ing. Emmanuel Justice Ofori, the thief had attempted to steal control cables from a VT Control setup but unfortunately got burnt badly in the process.
He stated, “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.”
According to reports, two cables connected to the VT Control setup were hanging loosely. Thus, they have been cut with the copper lining showing.
Mr. Francis Tawiah Mensah, Western Region Safety Manager of ECG has urged residents to be on the guard for any suspicious activities around ECG installations.
He stated that “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.”
From the looks of some residents at the scene, they believe the thief deserves whatever has happened to him. According to them, theft cases have been on the rise in the area recently.
According to one of the residents, what has happened to the thief will serve as a deterrent to others who engage themselves in such activity. Another resident believed to be in his 60s added that youth in the area don’t like to work. He stated that even though he is old, he still works at the Chief’s house.
The thief is currently receiving treatment from Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital. His inability to speak for the past 48 hours means ECG would have to settle his treatment bills.
In a timeframe of 3 months, there have been 5 theft cases involving ECG installations at its Sub Stations in the area.
According to ECG, they will continue to educate the general public to be on the lookout for persons who act suspiciously around its installations.
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