Electricity Meter Thieves Granted GH¢20,000 Bail
On Tuesday, the New Abirem Magistrate Court in the Eastern Region granted bail to two individuals accused of carrying fraudulent meters and attempting to distribute them to unsuspecting Electricity Company of Ghana Limited customers (ECG).
Anthony Tuffour and Michael Bediako, the two suspects, were each given bail in the amount of GH10,000 with two sureties.
They would return to court on April 26 to continue the case.
The case’s first witness, ECG New Abirem District District Manager Simon Amezugbeh, spoke in court, recalling how the accused approached him last year intending to sell meters to clients through his office.
Mr. Amezubeh, who was accompanied by Sgt Basilide Ninwie, the Prosecutor, told the court that the two accused approached him last year and said that they had obtained some meters from their Member of Parliament for the purpose of distributing them to customers in New Abirem communities for a fee of GH50 each.
He double-checked with the MP, who said he had no knowledge of such meters.
He then demanded a sample, and the suspects produced a meter bearing the Ministry of Energy’s logo.
The meters failed to meet both ECG and Ministry of Energy standards when tested.