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12.03.2009 Crime & Punishment

Three arrested for stealing MTN oil

By Daily Guide

Three persons were last Thursday arrested by the Kpone Police for siphoning oil products from an MTN Cell Site located behind the area's police station.

The three are Isaac Banahene, a 27-year-old electrical technician; Danquah Isaac, 30, a mechanic; and Kwadwo Kumah, 20, labourer.

Superintendent of Police Laar Baman, Commander of the Kpone Police Station, briefing DAILY GUIDE on the arrests, stated that the three who are employees of Anointed Electrical Engineering Services, an electrical engineering company contracted by MTN to service generators at the various Cell Sites of the company nationwide, were spotted by some policemen around 2:30pm last Wednesday siphoning oil products from the communication company's installation which is located few metres behind the Kpone Police Station.

He continued that the three had earlier arrived at the facility pretending to have come to service a generator at the Cell Site but were later found with three jerycans all filled with oil products amounting to about 108 litres worth about GH¢880 believed to have been siphoned from the facility where they were arrested.

The Commander further noted that but for the alertness of his men, the three suspects would have gone away with the stolen oil unnoticed because they are staff of the company contracted to service the generators and therefore had the keys to the facility.

He remarked that the three in their caution statements admitted the crime, and added that the suspects would be arraigned after investigations.

He urged companies to ensure maximum security at their installations, saying that was the only way to keep their facilities safe from miscreants.

When contacted for comments, the Corporate Executive for MTN, Mawuena Dumor, expressed regrets at the incident, and disclosed that her outfit loses about $150,000 yearly due to actions such as the one involving the three suspects.

She continued that generators at their cell sites are automated and manufactured in a way that any time the national grid goes out, generators at their facilities start to work and go off when the national grid is turned on again. She observed that all the company's facilities have gadgets that are able to detect how much fuel the generators use when the national grid is off.

Explaining the impact of what the action of the three suspects could do the services of the company, Mawuena stated that the cell sites are placed at certain areas to help make MTN customers enjoy services of the company without any hitch.

She continued that MTN's services get weaker and communication among users of the network becomes bad when generators at their cell sites are not able to function well because of the low level of fuel in them.

She praised the Kpone Police for the arrest and urged members of the public to report to the police, persons seen to be engaging in activities which could create problems for the company.

From Razak Mardorgyz Abubakar & Vincent Kubi, Kpone