- A top police official, ACP Seidu Lansa Iddi, has thrown light on the activities of stowaways at the ports
- He explained that a syndicate made up of GPHA officials and other operatives, assist the stowaways to board ships
- He added that this is done after the group has taken monies from the stowaways
The Director of Marine, Railways and Ports at the Ghana Police Service, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Seidu Lansa Iddi, has shed light on the challenges stowaways pose in Ghana.
According to a report by MyNewsGH.com, ACP Iddi disclosed that 19 people have been arrested in the first half of 2018, after attempts to illegally board ships.
The increase in the number, he revealed, is as a result of the organized and sophisticated manner in which the syndicate works.
He disclosed that some personnel of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), as well tally clerks of the various shipping lines and some kingpins outside operate in the port.
The syndicate according to the police extort various sums of monies from the suspects before aiding them to get onboard vessels destined for Europe and the Americas.
They actually supervise their entry into these containers, seal them to avoid detection and ensure they get to their destinations.
These groups are the same people who facilitated the stowaway of thirteen (13) people earlier in the year.
This, the police and port authorities explain, has the tendency to affect the revenue streams of the port as it risk losing lots of money to the stowaway activities.
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