ECG disconnects pub and 2 hostels for illegal power connection [UPDATED]

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ECG Disconnects Boomerang Night Club, Hostel for Illegal Login

The Ghana Electricity Company uncovered alleged illegal use of electricity at a pub and a three-storey adjourned building used as a hostel at Caprice in Accra.

The hostel is known as the Targget Hostel and has a pub next door.

The discovery was detected by the ECG’s Domestic Revenue Mobilization Working Group on Friday morning (August 26, 2022).

The ECG team went ahead and disconnected the facilities.

An invitation letter was given to the warden, Samuel Acheampong, to come to the ECG district office.

The facilities had 28 air conditioners and gadgets such as refrigerators.

ECG uncovers GH¢400,000 electricity theft from another hostel in Odorkor

ECG officials also cut power to a hostel in South Odorkor in Accra to circumvent the meter and illegal use of electricity.

ECG estimates that the Best Crystal Hostel facility has consumed over GH¢400,000 of electricity over the past three years.

ECG West Accra Region Revenue Protection Officer Dr Mark Owusu-Ansah told the media that the illegality was discovered by a team of company field staff visiting the facilities to audit meter installations.

Appliances in use at the hostel at the time the electricity theft was discovered included eight refrigerators, 15 fans, microwave ovens, electric stoves, irons, kettles and rice cookers.

Dr Owusu-Ansah explained that despite having four meters installed on the premises of the hostel, the hostel had bypassed all the meters using a specially made device.

CORRECTION AND WITHDRAWAL

(This story has been updated to correct the title and first paragraph to show that it was not Boomerang who made the illegal electrical connection. Boomerang, which is no longer in operation, operated at the scene. Boomerang Nightclub was seized for operation over two decades ago. A different entity now runs a pub there, along with an inn [Targget] behind. We retract and apologize to the owners of the old Boomerang for the error.)

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