Stowaway caught and disembarked in Tema Port

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The Tema Port Security has in their custody a stowaway, Anthony Ali, who was disembarked from a Grimaldi Vessel.

According to the Tema Port Security Manager, Joseph Punamane, the Grimaldi Vessel, en route Belgium, detected the stowaway, who had described himself as half Ghanaian, half Togolese, and decided to disembark him at Ghana’s Port.

The stowaway, a man in his 30s, who described himself as a cobbler by profession, narrated that, he boarded the vessel in the Port of Lome, Togo, with the initial intention of finding work on board the vessel. But he consequently clandestinely joined the voyage.

“I am half Ghanaian, half Togolese. I’m a shoe-shine and boarded the vessel because I needed work.”

It was at sea that he was detected, and brought to Ghana, where the ship crew believed he comes from.

According to an Immigration Officer, Chief Superintendent Korletey Kwame Fosu, the stowaway would be handed over to the Togo embassy, who would ascertain if he is truly Togolese and then take charge of his transfer back to Togo, where any existing sanctions would apply to him.

“If it confirmed that he is Togolese, we would hand him over to the Togolese Authorities who would deal with him according to their national laws,” he indicated.

The Port Security Manager, Joseph Punamane, warned that Ghana’s Port Security is very robust, and doesn’t give room for any acts of stowaway.

“We have put in measures to make sure people do not unlawfully board vessels here, so they should not try it here. This particular guy boarded from Togo, got to wherever he was going and he was still caught and brought back.”


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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