Two Ghanaians arrested for hiding in a ship heading to Belgium

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According to the Tema Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Assistant Commissioner of Immigration (ACI) Ms Belinda Adwoa Sika Anim, the two have been handed over to the police in Tema.

The two, aged 15 and 16, were intercepted midway their voyage aboard MSC Dymphia vessel from San-Pedro in Cote d’Ivoire to Antwerp in Belgium.

They were found hiding in the engine compartment of the vessel during a routine inspection by the crew and were later handed over to another vessel, MSC Katyanyni, at the port of Antwerp in Belgium which was bound for the Tema Port.

She indicated that the two teens during interrogation revealed that they hailed from Takoradi and Cape Coast, adding that they were school dropouts who helped with farming and fishing.

Arrests so far
ACI Anim noted that the Command had so far recorded nine stowaway cases in the first half of the year with all involving males.

That, she said, was a worrying situation especially when such acts could lead to extreme injuries and deaths.

ACI Anim called on relevant stakeholders to help stop the situation and assured the public that the Public Affairs Unit of the command would continue to sensitise the general public, especially the youth, to the dangers associated with irregular migration and educate them on the right way to travel.

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