Electrician Fined 3,000 Cedis For Stealing Meters, Power Theft In Tamale
Tamale Circuit Court presided by Alexander Oworae, has sentenced Lukman Razak, 37, electrician to a fine of 250 penalty units equivalent to Gh 3,000 or in default serve two years in prison. The convict was also charged with causing loss or damage to state property , defrauding and stealing and pleaded guilty to all the three charges.
The sentences of the convict are to run concurrently. The Northern Regional Crime Officer, Supt. Bernard Baba Ananga said the convict was arrested on April 28, 2022. According to him, a customer was disconnected for illegal connection and so he went to the Volta River Authority (VRA) for his meter. He indicated that in the
process of securing a new meter, the convict meet the customer and convinced him of acquiring a new express meter as requested for a fee of 1,000 cedis from the customer. Supt said the customer became suspicious when the meter was brought to his residence and reported the incident to VRA who visited the customers
residence and arrested an electrician who was sent by the convict to fix the said meter. With the help of others when we arrested the convict and searched him we found about 40 meter cards with him and we realized that those meters customers have been reporting that it’s stolen were those the convict has been receiving and
reselling and installing it to other customers. The Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo) Public Relations Officer, Alhassan Abaaba said the judgement will serve as a deterrent to others engaged in stealing meters and illegal connection activities. This is a foundation for more prosecution to come, this indicates
that the court now appreciates the difficulty we are going through and are now ready and prepared to assistance us to curb the illegal connection act in the region. He revealed that NEDCo loss about 46% of power they brought in which amounted to about Gh 8million within a quarter through power theft in the region.