Some residents of Nuaso in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality of the Eastern Region are alleging military brutality a few days after power was restored to the troubled Krobo area.
According to the residents, a team from Electricity Company of Ghana with military personnel who stormed houses in the Nuaso area to install prepaid meters subjected residents who refused to accept the meters to beatings, inflicting deep wounds on them.
It is unclear what triggered the attacks, but unconfirmed reports also indicate that some residents attempted pouring hot oil on personnel of the ECG and the military.
Others also threatened to inflict cutlass wounds on them if they dared to install the new meters.
One resident who accused the military said, “when they came, I was preparing food in the kitchen. They said I should enter my room and I said I was cooking so I cannot go with them.”
“The moment I said I cannot go, they took their cane and started beating me,” she said.
She added that the soldiers threatened further violence if they returned.
“They said we are going to come again, and we will come and beat you more than this.”
ECG’s response on the alleged military attacks on residents of Nuaso on Monday
In Nuaso Old Town, there was resistance. One woman threatened to pour hot oil on the ECG personnel and the Military as well.
A crowd started amassing around one ECG Team. The Military was able to receive a cutlass from one of those who were amassing around the ECG people.
There have been reports of constant verbal abuses and attacks on the personnel doing the installation in Nuaso Old Town.
The Team has withdrawn from Nuaso Old Town.
ECG condemns these attacks and unfortunate situations. We keep calling for peace and calm so we can discharge our duties peacefully.