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Man convicted of stealing water meter

Sadiq was convicted by the Weija Circuit Court on his own plea of intentionally and unlawfully causing damage to the meter belonging to GWL

The management of Ghana Water Limited (GWL), Accra West Region, has caused the arrest and subsequent conviction of a 20-year-old Nigerian, Abdul Abubakari Sadiq, for stealing a water meter.

Sadiq was convicted by the Weija Circuit Court on his own plea of intentionally and unlawfully causing damage to the meter belonging to GWL.

The court presided over by James Kojo Botah On 27 February 2024, leveled two charges against Sadiq.

While he pleaded guilty to the first charge of intentionally and unlawfully causing damage to public property, he claimed he was innocent on count two, which sought to charge him for stealing, (although he was caught with the meter in his sack).

He was sentenced to pay a fine of GHC2,400 or face a six-month jail term and was also asked to reappear before the Court on 11 April 2024 for a hearing on count two of his charge.

On 23 February 2024, Abdul Abubakari Sadiq was caught by a resident of Kasoa Amanfrom Toptown with a water meter and a standpipe tap in his sack.

Sadiq who was earlier seen strolling in the area with his scrap dealer’s truck entered a compound and broke the meter there, thinking there was no one at home.

The noise of the breakage woke an occupant of the house up and Sadiq was accosted and sent to the Amanfrom Police Station.

He was subsequently arraigned before the Weija Circuit Court and convicted on 27 February 2024.

In September 2023, Marvin Godwin, also a Nigerian, was arrested in Kasoa Nyanyano for meter theft and was convicted by the Ofaakor Circuit Court.

He is still serving his sentence in jail.

Meter stealing is one of the challenges GWL faces in its operations and the Kasoa/Nyanyano area in Accra West Region is notorious for this.

Barely a day passes without our district offices in those communities receiving reports of missing meters.

This challenge greatly impedes GWL’s objective of achieving a 100 per cent metering ratio nationwide.

 

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