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20.03.2007 General News

Nightclub owner held over illegal connection

The police have arrested the Proprietor of the Coliseum Nightclub, near the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange for illegal connection of electricity.

The suspect, Eric Osei-Owusu illegal connected power to his nightclub which has been in operation since last year.

Eric is also alleged to gave been “supplying the illegal power to two churches which have been housed by the Coliseum for between 400,000 cedis and 500,000 cedis monthly.

Briefing journalists in Accra on Monday, the Head of the Fraud Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department at the Police Headquarters, Chief Superintendent Abdulai Mohammed said the police on acting upon a tip off carried out an operation at the premises of the nightclub.

He said it was detected that the room which the electricity meters were fixed was under lock and key, thereby heightening the suspicion of the police.

He said when the police demanded the key to the room; the caretaker could not supply it, forcing the police to break into the room where they detected the crime.

The Senior Public Relations Officer of the Electricity Company of Ghana, Erasmus Kyere Baidoo said Eric would be charged with power theft.

He said Eric had evaded the payment of tariffs amounting to 250 million cedis and said the Revenue Protection Unit of the ECG had intensified its operations to track down all such economic saboteurs.

“We wish to warn that the exercise to track down persons who indulge in such illegal practices is ongoing and it will soon reach hotels and barbering shops”, he said.

Source: Daily Graphic