Four policemen have been interdicted for allegedly stealing high tension cables, fridges and other valuables items from the 125 megawatt (MW), Osagyefo Power Barge at Effasu, near Half Assini in the Jomoro municipality of the Western Region last February.
The Western Regional Police Command has begun full
investigations into the matter in which Lance Corporal (L/Cpl) Peter Zator and L/Cpl
Ibrahim Mohammed, on interdiction, were arrested for stealing pylon cables,
fridges and other valuables on the power barge.
They mentioned the names of two other colleagues’ accomplices
in the theft case.
The interdicted policemen, who were deployed to protect the 77 meter-long Osagyefo Power Barge at Effasu, confessed committing the crime, a
police source has told the Ghanaian Times.
February this year, the suspects were nabbed while loading the stolen items onto a Mercedes Benz cargo truck,
following a tip-off.
The plant was
purchased in 1999, and was supposed to add 125 megawatts of power to the
national grid, but work on it was
suspended due to a dispute relating to
the Power Purchase Agreement entered
into by Ghana and Balkan on July 27, 2007.
It is recalled that similar theft occurred in the Osagyefo Power Barge on
Friday, April 4, 2014, as the Half Assini District Police Command intercepted
large quantities of equipment and accessories meant for the upgrading of the
Osagyefo Power Barge.
accessories including a power generator, boxes of new filters, electrical
cables, large numbers of transformer radiators and other generating units, as
well as other fittings, loaded into two articulated trucks were retrieved.
Built by Ansaldo in Italy at Navalmare Yard, the plant was acquired
by the government in 1995, with financial assistance from the Overseas Economic
Cooperation Fund of Japan.
In October 2002, the Osagyefo Power Barge was moved to the
Sekondi Naval Base in Sekondi until 2005, when it was taken to its current
location at Effasu.
FROM CLEMENT ADZEI BOYE, SEKONDI
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