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Suspected cable thief electrocuted while ‘stealing’ underground ECG cables

The body of a suspected cable thief was found electrocuted near the Takoradi Technical University in the Western Region on Friday, November 10, 2017.
Personnel from the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) in Takoradi, were at the time undertaking repair works on the company’s 33kV underground cable that supplies power to the harbour enclave in Takoradi, when the deceased’s body was found in a trench.
He apparently attempted tampering with the cables, as an initial search on him revealed a blade and cutlass which he may have used to cut the cables.
The cable was cut open and the copper screen, known to be targeted by most cable thieves, had been pulled out.
In recent years, cable thieves have targeted ECG’s copper cables which are known to be very valuable; the copper screens are used for the making of rich ornaments and accessories.
The deceased’s body has since been deposited at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital mortuary by the police.
We hope that our cherished customers and the general public will avoid this high-risk illegal act which has invariably led to avoidable electrocutions and outages to some critical customers.

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