Somanya riots; assembly member, eleven others caught up in an illegal connection scandal

Somanya riots; assembly member, eleven others caught up in an illegal connection scandal

- The assemblyman led about five hundred people to vandalize property at the police station

- A formal complaint was lodged against him when he reconnected power lines that ECG had disconnected, due to an illegal connection

- Bail has been set at GHc70, 000 per suspect

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The Koforidua Circuit Court ‘B’, presided over by Her Honour Mercy Addai Kotei, has granted an GHc840,000 bail, with twenty four sureties, to the assemblyman of the area, Jones Dendenden, and eleven other persons.

Somanya riots; assembly member, eleven others caught up in an illegal connection scandal

Samuel Boakye-Appiah, Managing Director of ECG

This was as a result of their complicity in illegal electricity connection scandal. Each suspect is therefore granted a bail of GHc70,000 with two sureties each.

Reports reaching YEN indicate that the police are yet to conclude investigations into the matter, and will submit the case to the Attorney – General’s department thereafter.

Counsel for the suspects, however says that a number of the accused persons are merely victims of circumstances.

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He cited the case of a second year student of Mount Mary College of Education (MMCE), who was arrested, after setting out to withdraw cash from a mobile money store, and that of a mobile banker with Yilo Stars, who was arrested after he had set out to receive savings from clients.

The news of the bails set, according to sources, was of great relief to the youth in the area, as well as some students of MMCE, who appeared in court in their uniforms.

Outlining the facts of the case, the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Kofi Bragogyi stated that staff of the Electricity Corporation of Ghana (ECG) in Somanya, detected signs of illegal power consumption, and as such set out to investigate.

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They traced the issue to a block factory located at Sawed electoral area, where they realized that the factory, which belonged to the assemblyman for the area, Dendenden, was illegally connected to ECG’s power lines.

This was further escalated by the fact that the said assembly member vehemently prevented the ECG staff from confirming their suspicions, and again refused to take a bill presented to him.

This, he said, was because the amount was too high.

Consequently, the ECG disconnected power supply to the factory, but the assemblyman illegally reconnected it.

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A taskforce was dispatched to disconnect the lines again, but were assaulted by the Dendenden and his cohorts.

Thereafter, he mobilized over five hundred youth from his electoral area, and, marching to the ECG office, caused damage to windows, doors and the screen of a pickup vehicle registration number GP 2506.

ECG officials thereafter made an official complaint to the police, which led to the arrest of Dendenden and his associates.

The enraged youth, in retaliation, marched to the police station, and armed with offensive weapons, destroyed several properties at the station, including the charge sheet, which was torn into pieces.

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They also succeeded in freeing four prisoners; two of whom were on remand, and the other two were in custody for various offences.

The arrest of the eleven people happened during the riot at the police station.

Meanwhile, the court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the leaders of the riot who are now at large. They are Obitumi Kofi, a taxi driver, Yaaba Solomon and Philip, a motor mechanic.

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