Police in the Sogakope District in Volta Region have apprehended a middle-aged man for allegedly impersonating a worker of the Electricity Company of Ghana in a bid to extorting money from residents of the area.The suspect, one Isaac Adzrah, was arrested after a tip-off from a resident who he was threatening ECG customers in some villages with disconnection and extorting monies from for non-settlement of their electricity bills. He had allegedly been plying his criminal trade in the Central and South Tongu districts in the Volta Region posing a member of ECG staff.
According to a report by DailyGuideAfrica.com, he was apprehended by field officers of ECG in the Central Tongu District, before being handed over to the police.
Manager of the Sogakope District office of the ECG, Christine Hadzi, speaking after the arrest said, her office had received several complaints from customers about the activities of a suspicious man, claiming to be a staff of ECG, who regularly extorted money from individuals and households.
“Once the complaints became rampant, I informed my field officers to be alert when they visit the communities. Upon a tip-off that he was scheduled to meet and receive monies from some customers, we informed the police and laid ambush to effect his arrest”, she said.
The Volta Regional General Manager of ECG, Ing. Joseph Forson praised the vigilance of the staff in the District, and called on customers to collaborate more with the ECG to rid the system of such miscreants.
“We encourage our customers to demand that anyone who comes to their facility to transact business in the name of ECG, properly identifies himself. Where there are suspicions on the identity or motives of any individual, customers should not hesitate to inform the District office for clarification”, he said.