General News of Sunday, 18 January 2015
Source: Graphic Online
The Ghana Navy on Saturday foiled a pirate attack on a Nigerian cargo vessel, MT Mariam and captured all eight bandits.
The pirates were armed, but no one, including a nine-member crew aboard MT Mariam, was injured when the Ghana Navy crew aboard GNS BLIKA effected the arrest.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the 1 Garrison of the Ghana Armed Forces, Lt Maxwell Asola, all eight pirates are Nigerians.
Owners of the hijacked ship alerted the Ghana Navy about the incident and requested for assistance.
MV Mariam is scheduled to dock at the port on Sunday.
Lt. Maxwell Asola told the Daily Graphic that the arrest took place at about 10:30am and that the owner of the vessel in lodging the complaint, said the pirates told him via telephone that they wanted to use the vessel to carry out an attack and banged the phone.
This prompted the owner of MV Mariam to approach the Ghana Navy for assistance.