There has been a frosty relationship between the Police in Tamale Metropolis and the Youth of the city of electricity and power theft. This has caused sporadic violence and arrest in some suburbs of the Metropolis.
The Office of the Ya-Na and Gbewa Palace has released statement in relation to arrest of youth in Tamale. The statement was signed by the Secretary at the Gbewa Palace, Abdul Rahman Mohammed and dated Friday, 1st October, 2021.
According to the press release, the King of Dagbon, Ndan Ya-Na Abukari II admonishes the police and other security agencies to desist from arresting young people in relation to the illegal electricity connections.
The statement read: " His Majesty ( Ndan Ya-Na Abukari II) with immediate effect, advising the Police Command and any other security force involved in this exercise to avoid the arrest of the youth while he ( Ya-Na) finds an amicable solution to the impasse".
In spite of the warning, the King of Dagbon State also appealed to the management Volta River Authoritiy ( V. R. A) and Northern Electricity Distribution Company ( NEDCO) not to withdraw their services. " Ya-Na however appeals to VRA/NEDCO to consider the social and economic importance of their services and restore their same as soon as possible. The devastating economic consequences of the withdrawing their services should not be lost on them. He therefore appeals to them to resume work to alleviate the suffering of the people and their economic activities".
Is it right for Traditional Authorities to involve themselves in criminal and civil cases?
It would be fair if the Ya-Na and Gbewa Palace allow the police to deal with the matter as they (Police) are professionals
The Volta River Authoritiy, Electricity Company of Ghana, and Ghana Grid Company ( GRIDCO ) have been loosing millions of cedis each year to illegal connections and power theft.
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