Ghana leads search for vessel carrying stolen crude


Tuesday 20th January , 2015 6:21 am
Ghana’s Navy is leading an international force
in search of a vessel suspected to be carrying
stolen cargo from the ship hijacked by
Nigerian Pirates.
Ghanaian Security Services believe that the
pirates managed to transfer the ship’s cargo
into another vessel prior to their arrest.
Eight Nigerian pirates were arrested on
Sunday by the Eastern Naval Command in
Tema for hijacking an oil vessel in Nigeria.
The vessel, MV Mariam, was carrying about
1,500 tonnes of crude oil at the time the
pirates hijacked it.
The pirates reporttedly turned the vessel
around and entered the territorial waters of
Ghana but a tracking device which had been
fixed on the vessel enabled the owner to track
it down.
The suspected pirates are currently in the
custody of the Bureau of National
Investigations.
The Director of public Relation of the Ghana
Armed Forces, lieutenant Colonel Eric Aggrey-
Quarshie who disclosed this to Citi News
revealed that they have enlisted the help of
other countries to help find the stolen cargo in
the missing vessel.
“We got to the place and we realized that
cargo on board the vessel had been
transferred into another vessel and so we had
to alert our colleagues We have also alerted
the Togolese, Beninois and Nigerians to also
join the search for the stolen cargo…”

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