AG files fresh charge against Nigerian pirates; two more arrested


The Attorney General has filed fresh charge against eight Nigerian pirates standing trial for hijacking a ship in Ghanaian waters.

The AG is now accusing the suspected pirates of conspiracy to commi t crime.

The charge follows the arrest of two other persons suspected to have taken part in the botched operation.

Ten people in all have so far been arrested. Two others are still at large. The suspects were initially facing a charge of  piracy.

They were denied bail on two occasions because the crime for which they were arrested is a non-bailable offence.

Lawyer for the accused persons, Uche Nwosu who has been denied access to his clients believe he will now have the opportunity to meet the accused persons.

He says the AG’s latest move does not affect the case in anyway.

Eight suspects were initially arrested in January by the Eastern Naval Command for allegedly hijacking a Nigerian vessel.

The vessel MV Mariam was carrying about 1500 tonnes of crude oil at the time the high seas robbers hijacked it.

Sophisticated fire arms were found on the pirates after the arrest.

The two recently arrested are Ghanaians who are said to have facilitated the hijack.

Lawyers of the two have however dismissed the claim. 


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