Eight Nigerian pirates arrested last Saturday in Ghanaian waters aboard a crude oil tanker, MT Mariam, have been handed over to the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).
The spokesperson for the Eastern Naval Command of the Ghana Armed Forces, Lt Maxwell Asola, confirmed the transfer of the pirates to the BNI in an interview yesterday.
The Ghana Navy arrested the eight pirates involved in the hijacking of the oil tanker last Saturday, following a search operation it conducted on the tanker in response to information it received.
The pirates had hijacked the Nigerian registered tanker with nine crew members in Nigerian territorial waters on January 11, 2014 and later drifted into Ghanaian waters.
Those arrested are Molih Williams, 32; Peggy Aki, 32; Ebiyaibo Amos, 32, and Molih Klinsman, 31. The rest are David Jacob, 30; Ayetimiyi Oyinle, 29; Pinamo Samiyo, 26, and Picolo John, 25.
Among others, the Navy crew retrieved four AK 47 assault rifles, 10 fully loaded AK 47 magazines with a total of 300 rounds of ammunition, one pump action gun and 18 mobile phones.
Also retrieved from the pirates were $1,270 and 43,850 Naira, three hand-held VHF radios, one digital camera, as well as one hair clipper, seven wrist watches and other personal belongings.
The crew of MT Mariam, which has since docked at the Tema Harbour, have been assisting in investigations.
Source: Graphic Online