Crime & Punishment of Monday, 9 June 2014


Labourer steals wire netting on NI Highway

The Achimota Police have arrested a labourer for allegedly stealing the wire netting forming the wire fence dividing the NI dual carriageway.

The police gave the name of the suspect as Daniel Kwesi Pomovor, 29. He was seen cutting a quantity of the wire netting valued at thousands of Ghana cedis and undoing the wire weavings after which he packed the metal strands into jute bags.

Reports to Police

The Tesano Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent of Police, Mr Francis Aboagye Nyarko, said about 6:45a.m. on June 1, 2014, some road users reported to the Achimota Police that a man had been removing the wire netting on the NI Highway.

Users of the suspicious road alerted the police since in the early part of this year some people who posed as repairers of street lights ended up stealing street bulbs.

Based on the report, the police proceeded to the Dimples area and found that some wire netting on a stretch of the NI Highway had been removed.

The search

The police combed the area in search of the perpetrators behind the removal of the wire netting and found Pomovor at a point near Dimples. He was packing the wires into a sack.

“When he was arrested, he told the police that the mesh belonged to some young men who took to their heels when they saw him so he decided to take advantage of their absence to take the wires,” he said.

While admitting that the police were yet to contact the Urban Roads Department for the value of the destroyed wire netting, Mr Aboagye Nyarko estimated that the wire netting retrieved from the labourer could cost thousands of Ghana cedis.

The wire fence was installed barely three years ago before the inauguration of the NI Highway, which was sponsored by the United States government under the Compact One of the Millennium Challenge Account.

When media people drove through the NI Highway, also known as the George Walker Bush Highway, they found that scrap dealers had removed the guard rails along the highway.

The police

The Greater Accra Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Police Service, Mr Freeman Tettey, indicated that the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service was on the lookout for those who normally caused damage to the crash barriers on the highways.

He appealed to the public to call the police on 8555 and 919 to inform them of any wrongdoing on the road.