A self-styled pastor and two electricians have been gaoled six months for interfering in the distribution network of the Company and attempting to defraud a businessman in Accra.
Jude Bentum, Pastor, Kofi Agyeman Aboagye and Richard Asusey, both electricians, pleaded guilty and were convicted on their own plea by an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Mrs. Afi Agbanu-Kudomor on Saturday November 5, 2016.
A fourth suspect in the case, Madam Ama Kunadu, an NGO operator, was granted bail in the sum of GH₵ 10,000 with one surety, after pleading not guilty to the charges. She is scheduled to re-appear in court on December 3, 2016.
The facts of the case, as read by Mr. Paul Assibi Abariga, ECG’s Manager in charge of Prosecutions, said Bentum and Aboagye, on October 31st, 2016, went to the office of a complainant (name withheld) in the case to inform him that they had energy saving cards approved by the Ghana Standards Board. The cards, according to them, were to be fixed on switches of meters to help companies and individuals to reduce their electricity consumption.
Bentum told the complainant that a card costs GH₵500 and that payment for the cards would be demanded from the complainant after three days testing of the card.
The next day, Bentum, Aboagye and Asusey, went to the complainant’s shop at Sowutuom to do a demonstration on how the card works.
Mr. Abariga said the complainant became suspicious when he saw Aboagye opening his meter and cautioned him based on his knowledge that only ECG staff had legal authority to tamper with their meters.
He said Aboagye assured him that Asusey was an ECG staff, without showing proof.
After the three had left, the complainant realised that all three meters in his shop had been tampered with. He therefore made a call to ECG’s Achimota District Office to report what had transpired.
The next day, the complainant called Bentum and his accomplices to come and complete the job while he made the Achimota staff lay ambush for them.
When the three arrived at the complainant’s shop, the sight of the ECG staff prompted them of trouble. They therefore took to their heels, but were given a hot chase and were arrested. They were sent the ECG Investigations Unit for interrogation.
During interrogations it was revealed that Ama Konadu sold the cards to Bentum who in turn contracted the electricians for their operations.
Mr. Abariga said the three admitted to the offence on their separate charge sheets and were therefore charged with the offences after investigations.