John Fofie, 54, was detained by police in Abuakwa with assistance from the Revenue Protection Unit of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) for installing phony meters for some residents in Kunsu in the Ahafo Ano South West District of the Ashanti Region.
He is alleged to have installed phony meters in the neighborhood to replace people’s post-paid meters that were in debt.
The affected individuals’ homes reportedly had new postpaid meters put by ECG officials, but routine police checks revealed that the culprit had fake meters installed in their place.
The officials leading the revenue mobilization push noticed the issue in the region, which led to the discovery of this.
The exercise, which assisted ECG in recovering GH50 million in less than two weeks, is anticipated to recover all GH1.2 billion that customers owe the power distribution business.
Officials claim that the exercise, which began about two weeks ago, also discovered other illegalities.
After identifying the issue, victims were questioned, which led to the apprehension of John Fofie as the person responsible for placing the fake meters in the neighborhood.
Seven phony postpaid meters were found after inspections were done in his room. ECG has all of them in its possession.
Ing Kofi Danso, the Ashanti Regional Director of the ECG’s Revenue Protection Unit, told the media in Kumasi that they are searching for additional offenders in addition to the person who unlawfully transferred the meters.
According to him, the company’s surveillance over the past few months has shown that some dishonest individuals have been scrambling to install unauthorized meters on the reliable energy distribution network.
He further explained that “such illegal meters are also fake and have been affixed with stickers to appear as though it was coming from the Electricity company of Ghana”.
“We will also not rest on our oars but work hard to arrest and prosecute perpetrators or any persons with intentions to undertake such criminal activities.
There were three-meter detours found. The offenders weren’t around. They are to report to the police station at the request of the authorities.
50 phony prepaid meters have also been found by officials at Kumasi’s Race Course Market.
The surveillance is just one of many operations the ECG is carrying out in the Ashanti Region in response to the rising number of instances of unauthorized use of electricity there.
Akufo-Addo leaves Ghana for state visit to Guinea-Bissau
At the invitation of the president of Guinea-Bissau, His Excellency Umaru Sissoco Embalo, Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, led the Ghanaian delegation out of the country on Sunday, May 14, 2023.
The visit’s goals are to further solidify the already close ties between the two nations and look into potential new areas of cooperation for their mutual advantage.
The President will meet with President Embalo in private during his visit to Guinea-Bissau. He will also receive the Amilcar Cabral Medal, the country’s highest honor, speak at the law school of the Amilcar Cabral University, and interact with the Ghanaian soldiers serving in Bissau as part of the ECOWAS Stabilization Support Mission.
The Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as representatives from the Presidency and Foreign Ministry, accompanied the President.
On Tuesday, May 16, 2018, the President will return to Ghana. During his absence, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President, would carry out the President’s duties in accordance with Article 60(8) of the Constitution.
At Bortianor, a three-story church edifice collapses
In Bortianor, in the Greater Accra Region, frantic rescue efforts are under way to locate any bodies that may be trapped under a three-story church structure.
On May 9, the Word in Action Church structure fell.
There are concerns that some churchgoers may have been present when the tragedy occurred.
The Ghana Police Service had representatives on the scene.
The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and the Ghana National Fire Service sent employees to the scene to assist with rescue operations.
Thousands of locals flocked to the area to assist in saving loved ones who might have been inside the church when the structure collapsed.
Re-election of Apostle Nyamekye as head of the Church of Pentecost
On May 4, Apostle Eric Nyamekye was chosen once again to lead the Church of Pentecost for the ensuing five years.
With a staggering 99.45 percent of the voting, Apostle Nyamekye was re-elected.
The 46th General Council Meetings of the Church took place in the Pentecost Convention Center in the Central Region, where the elections took place.
Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah was elected to succeed Apostle Nyamekye on May 3, 2018, exactly five years ago. At the time, he served as the area head of the Church of Pentecost in Koforidua. He succeeded as the Church’s sixth leader.
Voting results on Thursday showed that Apostle Nyamekye had earned the conclave’s support.
On Thursday, he received 1,255 of the 1,262 “Yes” votes. Five years prior, he had received 994 of the 1009 “Yes” votes.
At the same council meetings, Apostle Samuel Gyau Obuobi was also chosen to serve as the church’s general secretary.
Apostle Kumi Larbi, who held the position for 10 years, is replaced by him.
Apostle Obuobi, 53, received 1,256 ‘Yes’ votes out of 1,262 total ballots, or 99.6%.
The following five years will be his tenure.