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Officials of Power Distribution Service, PDS at Suame in Kumasi have arrested and handed over to the Police, an electrician for alleged illegal installation of electricity metres. The suspect, Seth Largo, was arrested earlier this week, when he went to the Suame office of the PDS to get support so he could connect some electricity metres he had installed into the PDS main system to generate monthly bills.

According to the Ashanti Regional Public Relations Manager of PDS, Erasmus Kyere-Baidoo, staff at the Suame Business Development Unit, suspected foul play since the installation and connection of metres had been awarded on contract to some private companies, and wondered how he could come to the centre for such an exercise.

He said the suspect was a staff of a private electrical company which had been contracted by PDS to install a certain quantity of meters and process their documents for connection into the national billing system. Mr Kyere-Baidoo said the staff became suspicious when he approached them to connect some meters he had installed and caused his arrest.

He commended the staff at the Suame Business Development Unit, for being very vigilant, leading to the arrest of the suspect. He however lamented the high incidence of such illegal dealings in the region, and pledged to work very hard to ensure they nip the act in the bud for sanity to prevail in the power supply sector.

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