Accra, Oct. 18, GNA – Nene Ofoe-Teye, a Senior
Officer in the Security Department of the Tema Port has called for the
recognition of the country’s heroes as an encouragement to spur them on for
He particularly heaped praises on Lt. Col.
Joseph Malik Punamane, head of Security at the Tema Port and his lieutenants as
heroes of the moment for successfully thwarting a potential terror attack.
“Nobody is talking about the smooth
professionalism that they displayed and it is a shame because if an attack had
taken place, the media would have been awash with the bad news,” Ofoe Teye
Nene, who is also the Tema East Constituency
Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) said that national honours
were in order for Lt. Col. JM Punamane and his charges at the Tema Port.
In collaboration with his Deputy, Kingsley
Darko, Col. Punamane is said to have arrested a suspected Irish terrorist and
his Ghanaian accomplice, 25 year- old David Kammermeier who was picked up at about 1245 on Wednesday,
17th October at the Port when he was found suspiciously loitering about Berth
13 of the Port.
He said Col. Punamane and his charges who were
on high security alert since reports emerged that Ghana’s power barge in Tema
had become a target for terrorists, quickly picked Mr Kammermeier up on
During preliminary investigation, Mr.
Kammermeier mentioned Nicolas Ocansey, a freight forwarder with a company
called Hangola Ghana Limited, as the person who aided him to gain entry to the
It has since emerged that David Kammermeier
had suspicious footprints in many countries, including Germany, Morocco, Niger,
Senegal and Burkina Faso, where he was arrested.
However, due to lack of concrete evidence, the
Burkinabe authorities released him.
The Irish suspect and his Ghanaian
collaborator have since been handed over to the Tema regional branch of the
Bureau of National Investigations, and information he claimed that he was on a
study tour in Ghana.
“Whatever the outcome of the investigation,
one cannot help but to applaud the professionalism that Lt. Col. Punamane and
his lieutenants have displayed and I think this deserves to be praised,” Nene
He used the opportunity to assure both local
and foreign patrons of the Tema Port that security was tight and reliable and
since the posting of Col. Punamane there, the overall security atmosphere had
improved remarkably with sea patrols and even security at the anchorage of the
port beefed up.
“It is due to this heightened sense of
security that David kammermeier was detected and picked up quickly.
Evans Amarh, a Security personnel at the Ghana
Ports and Harbours Authority, added his voice to the praise singing saying Lt.
Col. Malik Punamane and his charges richly deserved it.
Mr Amarh, who is also the Deputy Constituency
Organizer of Tema East NDC said, “the praise should be extended to the current
Director General of GPHA, Mr. Michael Luguje, and the Board Chairman, Mr Peter
MacManu, as well.
“There has been mature cordiality between the
Board Chair and the Director-General and this has created a good working
environment for all the departments, including the security department, to work
fluidly,” Mr. Amarh concluded.