The eight Nigerian pirates who hijacked an oil vessel and navigated it into Ghanaian waters have been remanded into police custody by an Accra Magistrate court.

According to the courts, this is to allow for further investigations to continue. The eight were arrested on January 15 by the Eastern Naval Command in Tema after they diverted the oil vessel which was original bound for Benin, into Ghana.

The vessel, MV Maria was carrying about 1,500 tons of crude oil. Owner of the vessel one Mr. Sunday contacted the Ghana Navy and lodged a complaint after they realized that the vessel was heading into Ghana.

Apparently the vessel had been fitted with a tracking device which gave away the location of the vessel. Upon the tipoff, the Eastern Naval Command tracked it, got on board and arrested the high sea robbers who had in their possession, pump action guns, walkie talkies and other weapons.

Source: Martin Asiedu-Dartey, tv3network


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