2 ECG staff convicted

Two ECG 1Two staff of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) have been sentenced by an Accra Circuit Court for stealing electrical gadgets and appliances valued at GH¢6,500 belonging to the company.

The gadgets and appliances included two boxes of 12 kilovot 100 amps fuse cut-outs, three boxes of three kilovots 10 amps surge arresters and three boxes of lighting arresters.   

The convicts Celvin Mawusi, a store keeper, and Gregory Xenyo, an electrical technician, are staff of the ECG, Accra West Regional Office, at Avenor.

The court, presided by Mrs. Afi Agbanu, sentenced them to a fine of GH¢2,400 each in default, they would serve two years in prison concurrently on each count of offense.

The court ordered them to pay a compensation of GH¢2000 each to ECG.

Prosecuting, the manager in-charge of  prosecution  at ECG, Mr. Paul Assibi Abariga, said the two were arrested by a securityman at the Accra West Regional Office of the company.

Mr. Abariga said the security guard, one Issifu, at about 4a.m, on February 13, 2016, intercepted a Toyota Land Cruiser with registration number GT 7321 D, loaded with the gadgets and appliances and prevented the occupants from taking them out of the company’s premises.

Issifu was said to have been suspicious when he found that the items did not have a waybill to cover them since that was the standard procedure for moving items from the store to the field.

Mr. Abariga said the security man claimed the convicts failed to provide tangible answers when queried on the items.

The security man reported the matter to management of the company.

The Prosecutor said later, ECG investigations unit arrested Xenyo, who allegedly admitted the offence, but claimed he had been asked by Mawusi to convey the gadget and appliances out of the company.

Mawusi was also said to have admitted the offence when he was arrested.

Investigations revealed that at about 9:30p.m on February 12, Mawusi opened the store and the two of them loaded the items into the vehicle.

Xenyo allegedly parked the vehicle in the yard of the company and returned at about 4a.m, the next day, to take the gadgets and appliances out but he was intercepted at the gate by the securityman.


By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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