3 Nigerian stowaways discovered at Tema Port

Three Nigerian stowaways have been disembarked at the Tema Port after they were discovered on board an Europe bound vessel.
The three, whose names were not given, said they were travelling in search of greener pastures, and that they boarded the said vessel separately at the Port of Lagos, in Nigeria.

Colonel Joseph Punamane, Tema Port Security Manager, stated that two of the stowaways revealed that this was not their first attempt to travel illegally to any Western country, as according to them, they succeeded some years back, but were deported to Nigeria.

Colonel Punamane said that the stowaways said they were sure of succeeding in their latest attempt, but were discovered at the Tema Port.

He said that they would be repatriated to their country for further action in accordance with standard practice.

Colonel Punamane gave the assurance that the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) had resolved that its ports would not be a conduit for individuals, who want to travel overseas illegally. 

The Security Manager advised young people to desist from embarking on illegal voyages to Europe, which could lead to extreme injuries and death.

He expressed regret that though people were aware of dangers associated with stowaways, they embarked on such journeys out of desperation, and they did not care about the consequences of their action. 

In another development, a 45-member delegation from the Nigerian Army War College Course 3 had visited the Tema Port on a study tour.

The study tour was to sensitise course participants on port operations and security measures put in place at Ghana’s sea ports, to counter security concerns in the West African sub-region.

Speaking to the delegation, Colonel Punamane revealed that Ghana was yet to record any significant threat to its territorial waters.

He, however, said the country’s security agencies were collaborating with their counterparts in neighbouring countries to curb piracy and robbery in the Gulf of Guinea. – GNA

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