A Takoradi Magistrate’s Court, has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Madam Hannah Tetteh, the assembly member for New Takoradi, who jumped bail in the case in connection with the violent demonstration by the youth at the Electricity Company main yard, in protest against power cuts, since last Sunday.
Madam Tetteh and 14 others, were to appear before the court presided over by Miss. Christie Ayia Donkor on Thursday but, she failed to turn up and, the court ordered her arrest to face prosecution on the charges of rioting and possessing of offensive weapons, at the ECG yard, last Wednesday.
After her arrest, Madam Tetteh was said to have complained of being sick and requested for medical attention, but failed to appear in court.
Meanwhile, 14 others pleaded not guilty to the charges of rioting and possessing offensive weapons, and were granted bail to re-appear on Wednesday, December 23.
They are Michael Mensah, Philip Quaicoe, John Bartels, Ransford Arthur, Prince Awortwi, Michael Adjirackor, Daniel Eshun, Emmanuel Arhinful, Kojo Donkor, Emmanuel Addae, Gabriel Kwabena, Justice Agyeman, James Appu and Albert Ackon.
The court heard that on Wednesday, December 16, the youth of New Takoradi besieged the main yard of ECG claiming that, for five days, they had no light and that reported to ECG, but received no response.
The youth, armed with offensive weapons including pick axes and clubs went to the ECG yard and caused commotion and the police were called in to arrest the 15 accused persons.
From Clement Adzei Boye,Takoradi