One of the two police officers being investigated for the alleged theft while on duty at Osagyefo Power Barge at Efassu near Half-Assini in the Western Region, has shot himself dead, has learnt.

The officer, Sgt Fuseini Mohamuda with badge no. 37400 “shot himself dead with an AK47,” on Saturday at about 8:30 am, according to a Police report.

That was after he sent CPL Iddrisu Kafando Muntari with badge no. 551484L, whom he was on duty with to buy him a shaving blade, the report said.

Sgt Mohamuda left a note denying his involvement in the theft saying: “ can't take this disgrace, something I don't know anything about”.

Sgt Mohamuda’s remain has since been transported to the Police Hospital Morgue in Accra for preservation and autopsy.

The Osagyefo Barge is a 125 MW barge-mounted gas turbine electric power generating station located at Effasu in the Western Region of Ghana.

The 77m long barge is equipped with a pair of single-cycle heavy-duty gas turbine units built by Ansaldo that have a combined generating capacity of 125 MW. It is designed to burn either natural gas or diesel fuel.

The 125 MW power barge was ordered by the Ghanaian government in 1995 with financial assistance from the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund of Japan. It was intended to generate electricity from natural gas obtained from offshore production fields. The project development called for 450 MW of combined cycle power barges to belated in a man-made lagoon.

The barge was built in Italy at Navalmare Yard, completed in 1999, and delivered to Ghana in October 2002. It was then moored at the Sekondi Naval Base in Sekondi until 2005, when it was moved to Effasu after the completion of dredging necessary to allow it to enter the harbour there.