Man, 42, Arrested For PDS Theft

Bright Kofi Bansah

A 42-year-old man has been
arrested at Sogakope in the Volta Region for allegedly reconnecting customers
of Power Distribution Services Ghana Ltd (PDS)
whose supplies have been cut for non-payment of power used.

Bright
Kofi Bansah, aka Coffie, was picked up last Friday after he was caught engaging
in illegal PDS activities for customers at Agorkpo-Sogakope.

According
to a news release from PDS in the Volta Region, Bansah was once a third party
contractor for the power supply company, and was using his experience to engage
in illegalities.

He was
spotted by PDS officials reconnecting customers to power supply from an
electric pole at the Sogakope Roundabout traffic light, after the customers had
been disconnected for non-payment of bills.

The PDS Volta Regional Revenue Protection
Manager, Ing. William Addy, said, “The mass disconnection exercise which began
on Wednesday was aimed at maximizing revenue for the company by targeting high
debtors.”

He added
that during an exercise to check illegal reconnections on Friday, the
monitoring team spotted Bright Kofi Bansah illegally reconnecting customers to
power supply from an electric pole around 9:00 am.

“The monitoring team apprehended him and reported the case to the Tongu Divisional Police Headquarters for further action,” he said.
Bansah admitted to illegal reconnection and pleaded with the authorities to pardon him for engaging in that act.

The
culprit was later arrested by the Tongu Divisional Police Commander Supt Dennis
Fiakpui, who confirmed the arrest. He said the suspect would be processed for
court.
Mr. S. Abrefa Besea, Regional Commercial Manager
of PDS in the Volta Region, said the company would intensify the exercise to
maximize revenue for the company.

He cautioned
the public to desist from unlawful entry into PDS networks and illegal
connections since such actions constitute criminal offences punishable by law.

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