A 28-year-old owner of a hairdressing salon at Amakom in Kumasi, Akwasi Asiamah has been arrested by the police for locking up a police officer and personnel from the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) in his salon.
His action is said to have followed an attempt by a police CID and the ECG personnel to cause his arrest for illegally tapping power into his shop and also owing the power distributor over GHC7,000 for the illegal connection.
The acting Public Relations and Communication Manager for the Ashanti Strategic Business Unit of the ECG, Mr Erasmus Kyere Baidoo said, on January 9, 2021, officials of ECG on January 9, 2021 visited Asiamah’s salon and detected that he had tapped into a single-phase energy metre to connect power to his salon.
He said it was detected that he had consumed power illegally for a period of 12 months which amounted to GH¢7,486.56, that is 6,792 Kwh, and was accordingly billed.
According to Mr Baidoo, after several unsuccessful attempts to get the salon operator to pay the bill, the personnel from the ECG, together with the police, visited his salon again on February 2, 2021, “only to discover that Mr Asiamah had illegally reconnected the salon from a nearby shop and was working.”
Having realised what was happening, the ECG officials and the police officer, Mr Baidoo said, confronted the salon operator about his illegal act and threatened to arrest him as it was an offence.
“However, Mr Asiamah, who was angered by the attempt of the police and the personnel from ECG to arrest him, got out of the salon and used two big padlocks to lock them in the salon and left the scene,” Mr Baidoo said.
According to Mr Baidoo, when he locked up the place, Mr Asiamah then went to the Asokwa Police Station to report that some robbers had come to his shop to rob him and gave the number of the police Criminal Investigations Department who was part of the team as a suspect.
“When the number was called, the officer identified himself and asked that Asiamah be detained.
“Asiamah was later transferred from the Asokwa Police Station to the Kumasi Central Police,” Mr Baidoo said.
According to Mr Baidoo, the stranded ECG officials and the police officer had to call for help and waited for a while before another policeman arrived with the key to enable them to get out of the salon.
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