Pastor Caught In Power Theft With Co-tenant

Pastor Caught In Power Theft With Co-tenant

The determination of the ECG to bring to book some dishonest people undermining its operations by stealing power and not paying bills which also goes to undermine its operations, has led to the arrest of the pastor of the New Life Baptist Rock Assemblies at North Legon in Accra, Kwame Boateng and his tenant, Kwame Amoako, last Saturday.

The two persons were arraigned before an Accra Circuit Court for illegal power connection and theft of power where they pleaded not guilty to the charges and were each granted bail in the sum of GH₵10,000 with two sureties to re-appear on January 9, 2016.

Inspector Justice Dogbatse of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) investigations unit who briefed the court, said on November 8, 2015, a team of ECG staff went on a monitoring exercise at East Legon, where they discovered that seven rooms and four shops on the first floor of a storey building had direct connections with two meters bypassed.

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The two admitted the offence in their caution statements when they were arrested.

The court ordered Kwame Boateng to pay a total bill of GH₵19,162.62 out of which he has since paid, GH₵11,140.00.

The manager in charge of prosecutions at the ECG, Mr Paul Assibi Abariga who represented the state, told the Daily Graphic that the ECG was committed to purging the nation of people who had made it their business to cheat the taxpayer by illegally connecting power.

An alarmed Mr Abariga said in spite of the existence of loss control outfits in the company, the theft of power was now becoming “overwhelmingly high” and warned that the exercise, which is ongoing nationwide, would not spare anyone caught for power theft.

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