Marine Police Avert Disaster On The Volta

Police VesselThe timely intervention of the Marine Police at Ada, has prevented what could have been a disaster. A ferry had been over-loaded with passengers on its way to Sogakope, from Ada, when it was intercepted.

The ferry with the capacity for 260 passengers, was said to be carrying about 1000 passengers (merry makers) from the Asafotufiame festival at Ada.

In addition to the excess human cargo, the vessel was also carrying goods. Briefing The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday, the Director-General of charge of Research Planning of ICT at the Police headquarters, Commissioner of Police (COP) David Asante Apeatu said during the team’s usual patrols on the estruary, they encountered the  vessel heading towards Sogakope.

“The Marine Police was on its normal normal patrol at Ada Foah  when it saw the overloaded vessel with about 1000 people, heading towards Sogakope.”

The vessel was subsequently pursued and stopped. The team guided the vessel to the banks of Volta Lake estruary and ordered the reduction in the passengers.

COP Apeatu said in the course of that exercise, the police team discovered 67 parcels of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp on board.
Three people suspected to be owners of the substance, are assisting the Sogakope police in their investigation.

Mr. Apeatu commended the team, headed by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Foster Kotoku and the Eastern Command of Marine Police for their resilience to protect lives and property.

He said over the past years, the country has recorded boat disasters, and the time has come to halt the unfortunate incidents. – Francis Asamoah Tuffour

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