04.03.2008 Crime & Punishment

Water Thieves Arrested

By Daily Guide
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Two persons, Kofi Saba and Awudu Iddrisu both of Nima have been arrested for operating illegal inland water pumps and thereby diverting water for commercial purposes.

The arrest was effected by the Nima Neighbourhood Watchdog Committee in conjunction with the Police and some personnel of the Ghana Water Company Ltd.

19 water pumps used to divert water along the supply line have been recovered from the thieves.

The gadgets are kept away from public view by being hidden in cages or even in bedrooms.

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE at the Nima Police Station, the District Manager of the Water Company, Mr. Awuku Darko said water supplies are being hampered by the illegal activities of some people in the communities.

In Nima, considered a deprived area, residents suffer greatly from water shortage because the installation of these pumps diverts water from the main line to Rambo-type reservoirs, he said, adding that the trapped water is in turn sold to residents at exorbitant prices.

“Proceeds from such sales do not even go to the Water Company.
“When such pumps are installed, the Company is unable to keep a tab on the supply system,” the District Manager said, explaining that
this is the water supply lean season when the Company's machines are overstretched and the demand rises.

In his reaction, Mr. Ibrahim Jebkle alias Avalon said his outfit has been monitoring the activities of some miscreants for some time now. “These persons, he noted, apart from installing these water pumps, also steal water pipelines and other gadgets. We shall continue to monitor their activities and with the support of the Police act decisively with those who flout the law,” he said.

The two suspects are on bail as the Police continue their investigation.

By A.R. Gomda

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