Police grab 10 cable thieves

BY: Samuel K. Obour

Ten persons, including a policeman, have been arrested for allegedly stealing telecommunication cables belonging to Vodafone Ghana Limited.

They were arrested at a spot at Achimota around 3:30 a.m. yesterday cutting 240 meters of underground cables, valued at GH¢70,000.

They are Abass Abubakari, Ohene Toffa, Kwadwo Agyepong, Abubakari Illiasu and Aminu Salifu.

The rest are Yakubu Abdulai, Adam Abdala, Lamini Fuseini, Dambar Abubakari Alhassan and Inspector Enock Lamptey.

Briefing journalists yesterday at the Achimota Mile Seven Police Station, the Greater Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), Mr Tetteh Yohonu, said the suspects, with the assistance of Inspector Lamptey, attempted to outsmart the police dispatch team, which spotted them in the act.

He said whereas one of the suspects was dressed in a Vodafone attire, Lamptey, dressed in police uniform, stood metres away to hint them in case of possible danger.

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According to Mr Yohonu, when the dispatch team saw the suspects removing the cables, they approached them and demanded to know if the exercise was genuine.

He said Lamptey showed up and told the police that the suspects were working under his authority.

Not fully convinced, Mr Yohonu said the patrol team proceeded to arrest the suspects but Lamptey managed to escape.

He said Lamptey was subsequently apprehended after the police traced his station to the Railway police station in Accra.

The suspects are currently in police custody awaiting full investigation and possible prosecution.

Mr Yohonu stated that the police would not cover up or hide any criminal activities perpetrated by their own or that of any other person.

By Dominic Moses Awiah