On Wednesday at about 1400 hours the Ghana flagged Tuna Purse Seine vessel called Panofi Frontier that was hijacked by suspected Nigeria pirates in Benin waters has been located and guided to the Tema Port by the Ghana Navy.
It was noted that there were 30 members on board. The vessel, out of 30 crews members which 25 were Ghanaians and 5 were Koreans.
The pirates has 6 crew members as a hostage as we deliver this message, 5 Koreans including captain of the vessel and a Ghanaian cook called Kofi Opuni. However they have been abducted by the pirates and could still not be found at the time the vessel was brought to the Port of Tema by the Ghanaian Navy.
According to the Navy, apart from the 6 crew members who had been captured, the remaining 24 crew were safe and in Ghana but the Navy is still gathering detail information on the entire incidence. According to the Ghana Navy, they met the vessel at the Ghana-Togo border and brought it to the Port of Tema anchorage on Thursday, 25th June, 2020.
Security agencies at the Port of Tema including the Port Security, Marine Police, Navy and members of the Joint Port Control Units have all joined forces to investigate the circumstances leading to the hijack.