Nigerian pirates arrested by Ghana Navy

The Ghana Navy, Saturday, arrested eight Nigerian pirates who hijacked a tanker, MT Mariam, which was loaded with 1,500 metric tones of crude oil and was on its way to discharge in Lome.The pirates are Molih Williams, 32, Peggy Aki, 32, Ebiyaibo Amos, 32, Molih Klisman, 31, David Jacob,30, Ayetimiyi Oyinle, 29, Pinamo Saniyo, 26, and Picolo John, 25.
They are believed to have come from the Niger delta in Nigeria.
In possession of the arrested pirates were four AK47 assault rifles, 300 rounds of live ammunitions loaded in magazines, one pump action gun, three Very High Frequency(VHF) radio sets, 18 mobile phones, one digital camera, seven wrist watches, one hair clipper, personal cloths, 1,270 US dollars and 43,850 Naira.
Commenting on the arrest, the Executive Director of Maxweir Nigeria Limited, owners of the tanker, Makase Sunday, said that the Nigerian registered tanker was loaded at Esacavour, 26 nautical miles off the Port of Wari and began its journey to Lome port last week Sunday.
According to him his company was all the time in touch with the vessel but at one time, unknown persons, got hold of the communication gadgets and informed the owners that they have hijacked the vessel and that they were going to sell the product onboard and use the proceed and the tanker to hijack other vessels.
He said as soon as that message was delivered, the entire communication system in the vessel went off but a tracking device remained active unknown to the hijackers.
Mr. Sunday said the vessel was being tracked and upon arrival, some nautical miles off the coast of Contonou, Benin, the vessel veered off track and the owners suspected that it was leading towards Ghanaian waters so he informed the Ghana Navy for assistance.
The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Eastern Naval Command, Commodore Steve Darboh speaking to the media said Ghana Navy Ship, GNS BLIKA under the command of Lieutenant, Kafui Agbemabia, was tasked to intercept the hijacked tanker, MT Mariam and escort it to the nearest base.
According to the FOC at exactly 1030 hours, Saturday, the hijacked vessel was spotted towards Ghana and the pirates realizing it was a naval vessel took cover among the crew and went to conceal their weapons at an obscured place in the vessel.
But the naval officers went ahead with their mission and arrested the vessel where the hijackers were later indentified.
The hijacked tanker, MT Mariam has since been moored at berth number four of the Tema Port, whiles the pirates were expected to be handed over to the BNI for further investigations.

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