The decision of the Power Distribution Services (PDS) to contract armed police escorts on their disconnection drive has backfired when the armed escorts on Wednesday reportedly shot and killed a 14-year-old in Odumase-Krobo in the Eastern Region.
The PDS and its armed escorts clashed with residents of the town when they caught hint of the power distributor trying to disconnect electricity to the town. Whatsup News gathered. The protesting town folks reportedly tried preventing the power shutdown, resulting in a face-off with the accompanying police officers who opened fire. In the ensuing commotion, a 14-year-old protestor was felled by police bullets.
The Eastern Region Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, has confirmed the shooting, saying the body of 14-year-old killed in the clash has since been deposited at the St. Martins De-Porres Hospital morgue at Agormanya Odumase-Krobo.
The police claim they were forced to fight back when protesting residents attacked them, “The missiles that were coming were from all directions so I can’t tell whether a bullet from the police hit someone or not….They were carrying cutlasses, stones, bottles and other instruments that can hurt somebody’s life and we have some at our disposal as an exhibit,” DSP Tetteh said in an interview monitored by Whatsup News.
However, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Lower Manya constituency, Ebenezer Okletey Tei-Larbi, has denied the allegation of an attack on the police. He expressed disappointment over the incident, saying the residents of the town have had a long-standing issue with electricity supply, resulting in several official complaints to the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) and that the arbitrary move by PDS to disconnect despite this unsolved complaint was the cause of the confusion on Wednesday.
Using armed police officers as escorts appear to be PDS’s latest antics following its failure to guarantee uninterrupted power supply in what is generally referred to as “Dumsor” in Ghana. Already, the power distributor has terrorised residents in Kpong, Nuaso, Somanya, Odumase Krobo and its environs since the planned disconnection exercise started on May 13, 2019.
The exercise dubbed “Revenue Mobilization exercise”, has incorporated armed policemen because the PDS thinks residents are deliberately refusing to pay their electricity bills.