Theft scandals at embattled Power Distribution Services (PDS) appear never to end as a new incident shows four people busted for stealing 40 vehicle tyres belonging to the company.
The four have been granted a GH¢50,000.00 bail with two sureties each for allegedly stealing the tyres valued at GH¢50,000.00. John Kofi Arhin, alias Nana Bronya, 49, driver, Ernest Adjeti, 32, storekeeper and Salifu Gariba, alias Abonssu, 43, vulganiser, all employees of PDS have pleaded not guilty to the charge of conspiracy to steal and stealing.A fourth person, Francis Amewugah, a private vulganiser, 28, was charged for abetment of crime and dishonestly receiving and he pleaded not guilty to both counts. The alleged thieves will make their next appearance in court on November 7. Police Chief Inspector Gulliver Kwabena Tenkorang said in court that on August 20, this year, at about 6am the Adenta Police had a tip-off that a vehicle numbered GV 2411 belonging to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) was seen off-loading brand new tyres at the vulcaniser’s workshop. Police stormed the shop and realised Amewugah was taking delivery of brand new Infinity tyres valued at GH¢1,250.00 each. PDS has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the past few months, when it emerged that the company obtained a fraudulent US$ 490 million payment guarantee to take over the management of the ECG with assets valued at about GHC 20 billion. The PDS scandal has been linked to powerful individuals in the Akufo Addo administration.