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2 suspected meter sellers granted bail

The New Abirem Magistrate Court has granted bail to two (2) suspects standing trial for allegedly possessing illegal meters and attempting to distribute same to unsuspecting customers of the Electricity Company of Ghana Limited (ECG).

The suspects, Anthony Tuffour and Michael Bediako, were each granted bail in the sum of GH¢10,000 with two sureties, and would reappear in court on April 26, 2022.

The first prosecution witness, Simon Amezugbeh, testified in court and recalled how the accused persons approached him with an intention to sell some meters to customers.

Mr. Amezugbeh who double as the Abirem District Manager of ECG told the court that the two accused persons approached him last year and said they had secured some meters from their Member of Parliament for onward distribution to customers in some communities in New Abirem at a fee of GH¢50 each.

The prosecution witness told the court that, he verified same from the MP, who denied knowledge of the equipment.

He later requested for a sample and the suspects brought a meter with the Ministry of Energy inscription. Upon testing, he realised the meters did not match the standard used by both ECG and the Ministry of Energy.

Mr. Amezugbeh then informed the police and the ECG Revenue Protection Unit. After further engagements, the suspects were arrested in July when they returned with two more samples of the meter.

The court presided over by His Worship Isaac Agyei, adjourned the case to April 26, 2022 to allow a second witness in the case to testify.

Currently, ECG is waging war against illegal infiltration of meters in the Eastern Region. The company has already arrested some five suspects; two in New Abirem and three in Suhum respectively.

Meanwhile, Ing. Michael Baah, the General Manager of ECG in the Eastern Region has advised prospective customers to deal directly with ECG officials in their quest to secure services from the company.

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