The Ghana Navy is in hot pursuit of pirates who hijacked a vessel from the Tema anchorage and proceeded towards Togolese waters but abandoned the operation midway.
The Flag Officer Commanding the Eastern Naval Command Commodore, James Kontoh, said this shortly after a Ghana Navy operation rescued five persons, one of them a Ghanaian, from the abandoned vessel.
According to a Ghanaian media, some of the hijacked persons were beaten by their abductors before being abandoned aboard the vessel. Commodore Kontoh said collaboration between the Nigerian Navy and their Ghanaian counterparts was ongoing, adding that the measure would go a long way in thwarting activities of pirates.
The daredevil hijack mission started with a fishing vessel going missing from the Tema anchorage, having been taken away by the suspected Nigerian pirates who abandoned it later on the Keta high seas.
The hijackers had planned to move the tuna vessel to Bayelsa State but abandoned the idea due to fuel shortage. A traumatized crew member found aboard the abandoned vessel was taken to a health facility for attention.