Information reaching  gbcghanaonline from Odumase Krobo in the Eastern Region indicate that, there are clashes between the indigenes and the Power Distribution Services (PDS) over payment of electricity bills.

According to an eye witness, Joseph Tetteh, the officials of PDS are disconnecting their lights without their concern.

He said light bills imposed on them by PDS was too outrageous for them to pay.

He further stated that the officials were using the police officers for the operation which according to him was unlawful.

He said the indigenes pitched at Mampong a suburb of Odumase Krobo with weapons to fight the PDS officials and the police.

Mr. Tetteh therefore appealed to the appropriate authorities to intervene to restore calm in the area.

Meanwhile, one person was reported dead.

According to reports, Police reinforcement team who arrived, fired tear gas after they were attacked by the youth.

PDS is embarking on a mass disconnection exercise with armed Police personnel in Somanya, Odumase Krobo and its environs.

The exercise dubbed “Revenue Mobilization” according to Somanya District Manager of PDS Ing. Edward Ochire, has become necessary due to the failure by many residents to pay their electricity bills since 2017.

A situation he said has led to revenue shortfalls of the company.

Hundreds of houses have been disconnected in the ongoing exercise which started May 13, 2019, from Kpong and Nuaso communities.

One person was put behind bars for attempting to resist disconnection of his house.

Since the exercise began, many of the affected residents have been trooping to the offices of PDS to pay their accumulated bills ranging between Ghc3, 000 and Ghc 20,000

There has been long standing feud between residents and workers of ECG now PDS.

In 2017, angry residents in Somanya attacked PDS office for over billing.

Police vehicles were torched and properties destroyed in the violent attacks.

Many residents have since refused to pay electricity bills and have threatened to attack PDS staff who attempt disconnecting their homes.

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