The police in Kumasi have arrested seventeen customers of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) in the Kumasi metropolis and the Atwima-Kwanwoma district of the Ashanti Region.
The ECG and the police under took a revenue mobilization exercise in the Atwima-Kwanwoma district last Friday where the 17 customers were arrested.
Most of the suspects are said to have illegally reconnected their power after they had been disconnected for the non- payment of bills and the ECG through their monitoring mechanism caused their arrests. The suspects, mostly businesses and residential consumers owed the ECG thousands of cedis in power consumed.
The exercise covered areas such as Adum Pampaso, Adum Railways and Kejetia, all in the Kumasi metropolis, and Kyekyewere and Aboabo Kesse in the Atwima-Kwanwoma District.
The suspects have been put in police custody at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to assist in police investigations according to the Ashanti Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Police Service, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Yusif Mohammed Tanko, who spoke to the Daily Graphic.
The Ashanti Regional Communications Manager of the ECG, Erastus Kyere Baidoo, cautioned customers of the company to desist from illegal connection, as his outfit is bent on exposing all those illegal power consumers to the law enforcement agencies to be prosecuted.
The suspects are expected to be processed for court on charges of power theft and illegal connection.