3 ECG staff steal transformers

AN Accra Circuit Court yesterday ordered three former staff of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), accused of stealing 83 transformers, to open their defence on September 26.

They are, Perfect Agbo, Eric Yaw Darko and one other Samuel Frimpong who is at large.

They are facing charges of conspiracy to steal and stealing, which they have pleaded not guilty.

This was after the court dismissed an application of no case submitted before it by counsel for the accused persons, Atsu Abadah.

He prayed the court to dismiss the case of the prosecution, adding that they were unable to establish a prima facie case against his clients.

But, the Manager in-charge of Prosecution at ECG, Paul Assibi Abariga, in his response argued that he had made sufficient case for them to open their defence, considering the evidence adduced before the court.

Consequently, the court, presided over by Helen Amoah, upheld the submission of the prosecution and dismissed the application by the defence counsel.

Mr. Abariga, the prosecutor, in his brief to the court, said the management of ECG took a stock on April 4, 2014, and upon the exercise, it was realised that 83 200/33 KV TUCSO transformers belonging to the company were missing.

Mr. Abariga said, upon further interrogations to recover the transformers, it emerged that the three accused persons had stolen them.

The police investigations team of ECG together with the prosecution department of the ECG after some interrogations, arrested the accused persons and preferred charges against them after which they were arraigned before court.

Mr. Abariga, closed his case which commenced on December 20, 2014, in the first week of August after calling fire witnesses.

The defence counsel would lead the accused person to open their defence on September 26.

Two of the accused persons, Perfect Agbo and Eric Yaw Darko are currently on bail.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme          


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