01.08.2018 Crime & Punishment

BNI Arrests 6 Stowaways

By Ghanaian Chronicle
BNI Arrests 6 Stowaways
01.08.2018 LISTEN

From Alfred Adams, Takoradi .
Combined teams from the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI), Marine Police, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) security and Immigration Service have arrested six suspects for attempting to stowaway in a Europe-bound vessel at the Takoradi Port.

The suspects are Joseph Ackon, 35, Isaac Quainoe, 35, Francis Kwofie, 26, John Afful, 26, Charles Eshun, 23 and Ebenezer Prah, 25.

The Takoradi Port Marine Police Commander, ACP Seidu Idi, told the media that the suspects used bamboo sticks as a ladder to climb into the vessel, which he named as MV Acquitania.

ACP Seidu Idi said when the vessel was about to sail, the security men decided to conduct a thorough search and discovered the suspects hiding in one of the compartments.

According to him, the suspects would be put before court and charged with the offence of conspiracy to commit crime, to wit, stowaway, contrary to Section 23(1) of the criminal procedure code, and stowing away contrary to Section 179(1) of the Shipping Act 645/2003.

An independent search conducted by The Chronicle revealed that all the suspects come from New Takoradi, a suburb of Takoradi.