The management of Ghana Telecom (GT) company has made it clear that it will not shield its staff members found indulging in any criminal act such as stealing of cables or any other items belonging to the company. "Management will see to it that such staff member when arrested, will be put before court for prosecution to serve as a deterrent to other members of staff," he cautioned.

  The Head of Corporate Communication of GT, Major Albert Don Chebe (Rtd) issued this warning, when he briefed the Eastern Region press on the arrest of four GT staff who had stolen cables belonging to the company at Koforidua. Earlier, the Eastern Regional Police Commander, ACP Felix Asare Owusu, had briefed the press on the arrest of the four, at the Regional Police headquarters. He said the GT in Koforidua had of late been hit by the stealing of its cables and had informed the security agencies for help.

According to him, on October 26, the security agencies had information about a quantity of wires hidden in a sheep pen at the house of one Ebenezer Anim, age 55 and a GT staff member at Nsukwao near Koforidua. Security agents went to the house but did not meet Ebenezer Anim, where his wife Rosemary Tetteh told them that there was nothing in the pen. However when the sheep pen was forced opened, eight mini sacks containing drop wires were found, he disclosed.

ACP Asare Owusu said the following day, Ebenezer Anim was arrested and during interrogation mentioned Michael Acquaye, 28, Eric Opong, 34 and Moro Inusah, 34 all telephone technicians of the company as accomplices. The Regional Police Commander gave the total cost of GT cables stolen in the Region as 56 million cedis with those found with the suspects valued at 28 million cedis. On October 30, the four accused persons were put before Circuit Court A in Koforidua, presided over by His Honour, Mr. Ayime and were remanded for 24 hours, while investigation continues.

Given an overview of the cable theft issue, the Regional Head of GT, Nii Amaah Fleischer Brock, said within one year, the company had spent about four billion cedis in replacing cables that had been stolen by criminals.

Accordingly, since the company launched its campaign to clamp down on the cable thieves, the security and the public had been assisting the company resulting in the arrest of 11 thieves in Accra and Tema. He disclosed that the GT had instituted a reward scheme of five million cedis for persons who would give information that would lead to the arrest of a suspect and 10 million cedis for those who effect an arrest by themselves.

Ghanaian Chronicle