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ECG ‘goro boy’ in court for theft of meters

A man accused of stealing and installing Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) meters and illegally tapping power for some residents of Ashalley Botwe has been put before the District Utility Court in Accra.

The accused, Isaac Adziku, 33, is said to have posed as a staff member and a contractor of the ECG and defrauded two persons who wanted meters in their homes.

Two different cases against Adziku were presented before the court separately last Saturday.

He pleaded not guilty to two counts of stealing and intentionally interfering with the distribution of power and the same counts in the two cases.

The court, presided over by Mr Wolanyo Kotoku, granted him bail in the sum of GH¢2,000 with three sureties of whom two must be civil servants in one of the cases and two sureties in the second case.

Goro boy

Presenting the facts of the case, the Manager in charge of Prosecutions at the ECG, Mr Paul Assibi Abariga, said Adziku, who is a ‘goro boy’ at the Legon District ECG office, had been  deceiving people that he was an ECG contractor or a staff member.

Presenting the facts,  Mr Abariga said a team of officials from the Loss Control Unit of the ECG, while on their usual monitoring duties on February 15, 2016, detected the illegal connection in two houses at Ashalley Botwe in Accra.

He said the meters had been bypassed to make it impossible for them to record the amount of power consumed by the user.

Mr Abariga said the incident was reported to the ECG investigative unit, leading to the arrest of the residents of the two houses.

Arrest

The two persons who were arrested, according to Mr Abariga, mentioned Adziku as the person who sold the meters to them, installed them and charged the two people GH¢600 and GH¢850 respectively.

In a bid to arrest Adziku, Mr Abariga said, one of the victims called Adziku on phone and informed him that he needed another meter and they agreed to meet at a spot at Ashalley Botwe.

While at the spot, Adziku was arrested by the ECG investigations team.

The court heard that Adziku admitted selling the meters and installing them but denied bypassing them.