Contractor, labourer remanded for assaulting ECG workers

 The Accra Circuit Court remanded in police custody a building contractor and a labourer for allegedly assaulting staff of the Dodowa District of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), at Oyarifa, a suburb of Accra.

The incident occurred when the two ECG technicians, Thomas Tetteh Yemo and Evans Kwame Ofori went to Oyatifa to discon­nect power to customers, who owe the company.

The 42-year-old building con­tractor, Shadrack Adjetey Monnie, allegedly mobilised the construc­tion labourer, Anyetei Ezekiel, 42, and others, currently at large, to prevent the ECG officials from performing their duties.

The accused pleaded not guilty to charges of assault, conspiracy and causing unlawful damage, when they appeared before the court presided over by Mr Samuel Bright Acquah.

Prosecuting, Mr Paul Asibi Abariga, told the court that the complainants were two ECG workers, Thomas Tetteh Yemo and Evans Kwame Ofori.

Mr Abariga said the two ECG staff were assaulted when carrying out their lawful duties, by discon­necting power to customers who owe the ECG in Oyarifa and its environs.

The prosecution said Monnie mobilised Ezekiel and others to assault and prevent the ECG staff from performing their duties.

Mr Abariga told the court that during the attack, Ofori attempted to escape and join a commercial vehicle, but accused chased and hit him and he fell.

The prosecution said ECG jacket Ofori was wearing got damaged and he (Ofori) also lost his Spectacles and EGC identity card holder.

The court heard that Ezekiel was arrested by the Ayi Mensah Police and Ofori identified him (Ezekiel) as one of the people who attacked him and his ECG colleague.

The accused were handed over to the ECG investigation unit for further actions and police medical forms issued to the complainants to attend hospital.

The court heard that the complainants returned the forms, which confirmed that they were assaulted by the attackers.

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