A young man believed to be in his early 30s has sustained life-threatening burns all over his body after he attempted to steal control cables at the sub-station of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) at Whindo in the Western Region. According to ECG Western Region General Manager Ing. Emmanuel Justice Ofori, he learned about a failed theft case at the company’s Whindo substation at around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. According to him, the burglar tried to steal control wires from a VT Control setup but was severely burned 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 police men took the thief to Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital.”
When the news crew arrived at the Whindo Sub Station, two cables that were part of the VT Control arrangement were hanging erratically. The copper lining is bursting out where they have been cut. Francis Tawiah Mensah, the Western Region Safety Manager for ECG, urged locals to remain alert for any suspicious activity near ECG facilities as he showed the news crew around the Sub Station.
“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.” Residents who witnessed the sad ordeal were not sympathetic, in the least, as according to them theft cases in the area, have been on the increase in recent times. A livid resident told the news team the thief deserves what happened to him and prayed his ordeal will serve as a lesson to others who intend to steal ECG installations at its Sub Stations.
“I am getting to 60 years and I still work hard. I am currently working on the Chief’s house. All my workers are not from Whindo because the young guys here do not like to work. They will turn your offer down if you want to engage them. So, for me I will accuse them for this thievery. I’m sure that guy who was affected works with a gang and they have seen what has happened to him. It serves him right. Now, his other colleagues will think twice if they intend to steal again.”
The thief is currently seeking treatment at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital; ECG may be required to cover this cost because he has been unable to communicate for the past 48 hours. With the Whindo case, there have been five ECG installation thefts at its Sub Stations in a span of three months. ECG promises to keep warning the public to be on the lookout for those acting suspiciously near its facilities.