2 Persons In Court For Stealing Premix Fuel
Two Persons have all been paraded before a Cape Coast Circuit Court for stealing premix fuel and intending to sell it illegally. The ringt leader, Ocansey Rudolf and his driver were arrested by the Police when they allegedly hoarded the premix fuel at a Basic Primary School at Komenda in the Central Region. Elimina Municipal Chief Executive,
Ebo Appiah who confirmed the incident explained that he had a tip-off that the suspects were hiding in the school premises and allegedly selling the premix fuel to some fishermen whereby the place is not a landing beach site on the 30th July 2022. According to the MCE, he then informed the Police who then rushed to the school and
arrested the dealer and his driver. He explained, they were put before the court after being charged by the Police. He said after a plea by their counsel for bail, they were granted a bail with two sureties who take salary of GHC6,000 and landed property but couldn’t fulfill the bail conditions and were remanded for 28 days. Thereafter
they were brought back to the court and later met the requirements and were granted bail, after their counsel intervened. The MCE added that based on the plea from their lawyer, the Court has been asked to search for the samples of the fuel to see if it’s a premix fuel, adding that the case has also since been adjourned as the Court is
awaiting for the outcome of the search. Meanwhile, the Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister speaking on the floor of Parliament recently said the smuggling of premix fuel in Ghana will soon be a thing of the past. According to Mavis Hawa Koomson, her Ministry has developed and deployed anew software for the deployment of premix
fuel in the country. She said the new technology will help promote the efficient management of the commodity, adding that the system allows her office to track the movement of premix fuel across the country. Now we are coming with a more efficient one [technology]. When I am even in the office, I can see the truck that is loading and the quantity that will be in the tank and whenever a
fisherman draws premix fuel from the dispenser, I will know, she said. Recently, the Canoe and the Fishing Gear Owners Association of Ghana bemoaned erratic supply and mismanagement of the product. The fishers said the incessant premix fuel diversion and the mismanagement of the distribution of the product have become alarming.