A dead man has been found hanging on a 33,000-volt high tension pylon at Aboabo in Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital.
Residents of the area woke up this morning to the spectacle of a man hanging from the pole.
They believe he is part of some cable-stealing syndicate whose activities often lead to intermittent power cuts in the community.
Residents have given the name of the deceased as Fatao and believe he was trying to cut a 33kv cable which connects two pylons.
It was reported that the deceased was attempting to steal copper cables from live electric wires in a sub-station.
He said residents claim they heard a loud sound in the early morning around 2:30 and started experiencing fluctuation of electricity voltage.
“When we came out from our houses to check what exactly is the cause of the fluctuation, we saw somebody lying on the top of the electricity pylon screaming, I was afraid so I hurriedly went back to the house and slept,” one resident told Erastus.
“Fatao is a well known thief in the area and it serves him right, next time when he comes back, he won’t steal again,” another resident said.
When the alleged thief, wearing a cap, blue long shirt on jeans trousers and black sneakers, was brought down by the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) at about 10 o’clock in the same morning, his right hand was partly burnt.
According to the Manhyia Divisional Police Commander, ACP Kwaku Buah, the crime scene has been disturbed by the number of people trooping there but they will be conducting a search on the body to establish the connection to allegations of stealing.
He said the deceased’s body has since been conveyed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) morgue.