Abdul-Rauf Sadiq, a 21-year-old man, has been remanded by the Yendi Circuit Court for allegedly stealing items belonging to Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL).
Field workers from GWCL arrested Sadiq in his room at Sikafo, a suburb of Yendi, where they found four meters, 19 safety valves, three tap leads, two stock cocks, and other stolen items.
According to Alhaji Adam Sayibu Asuro, the Yendi Municipal Manager of GWCL, the company received information that Sadiq had stolen some of their items.
“Immediately they saw the items, the suspect run out of his room and with the help of the people who were around, the Company Field Workers arrested him and handed him over to the Yendi Municipal Police command,” he said.
Asuro added that the company started receiving reports from customers that their meters and fittings were stolen over time, around Sikafo, Nurses Quarters, Junior Staff Quarters (JSQ) and other suburbs of Yendi.
The theft cases were reported to the Overlord of Dagbon Ya-Na Abukari II and Alhaji Hammed Abubakari Yussif, the Yendi Municipal Chief Executive, who is also the chairman of the Yendi Municipal Security Council.
Sadiq was presented before the Yendi Circuit Court on April 6, 2023, and has been remanded into police custody until April 19, 2023.
Asuro appealed to GWCL's more than 1,700 customers to be alert about their meters and fittings since Sadiq allegedly sold the stolen items to scrap dealers in Yendi. He also urged the public to provide information to the company's workers to curb the theft of its items in the municipality.