Nigerian stowaways heading to Europe land in Ghana’s Tema port city instead

Nigerian stowaways heading to Europe land in Ghana’s Tema port city instead

- Three Nigerian stowaways were busted in Ghana

- The trio were hoping to stowaway to Europe but ended up in Ghana’s harbour city of Tema

- Officials say one of the three is a serial stowaway

Ghana’s port officials have arrested three Nigerians who wanted to stowaway to Europe but ended up at the Tema Port.

The three Nigerian nationals are Kelvin Popoola, 26, Isaac Daniels, 32 and 28-year-old Nuta.

According to an official statement from the port officials, the trio are currently in the custody of the police.

Nigerian stowaways heading to Europe land in Ghana’s Tema port city instead

Nigerian stowaways heading to Europe land in Ghana’s Tema port city instead. Credit: AtinkaOnline
Source: UGC

The statement further explained that the three men sneaked into an MV Unity vessel from Apapa Port in Nigeria which was apparently heading to Ghana.

One of the arrested stowaways, Daniels has been identified as a serial stowaway who was arrested in 2019 for similar offences.

He was deported to Nigeria with some $600 (N217,500) package, officials told the media.

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Meanwhile, an officer at the Tema Port in charge of security, Col Punamane said the issue of stowaways being disembarked at the port is becoming a major concern.

He noted that they have stepped up efforts to deal with such crimes.

In April 2018, six Tunisian stowaways were arrested at the Tema Port raising concerns about safety at Ghana’s ports of entry.

A similar incident occurred in August 2018 after two Ghanaian teenagers were also arrested by port officials.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier the federal government has disclosed that it will commence mass deportation of undocumented foreigners all over the country on January 13, 2020.

The supervising agency for the documentation of foreigners stated that the mass deportation exercise will begin immediately the six-month grace for the appropriate documentation given by the central government expires on January 12, 2020.

Top officials of the agency told the Tribune on Saturday, November 23, that there won’t be any extension once the grace period expires.

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The officials noted that all undocumented foreigners above 18 years without evidence of proper documentation would be arrested after the grace period and promptly deported at the expiration of the grace period.

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The agency warned that Nigerians harbouring undocumented foreigners or having them in their employment would be jailed seven years or made to pay a fine of N1m.

It said that Nigerians popularly known as agents, who usually facilitate the illegal movement of young girls and boys from neighbouring countries into Nigeria for the purpose of linking them up with those in need of domestic servants in homes across the country now stand the risk of a 10-year jail term or a fine of N1 million.

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