Hungry Stowaway Surrenders Self

Abdul Hadi after he was arrested

EXCRUCIATING HUNGER has compelled a 21-year-old Moroccan stowaway to surrender himself to a security agency operating at the Tema Port.

The stowaway, Abdul Hadi, who was hiding on board the vessel MV Lanidie in search of free route to Europe, gave himself up 10 days after enduring unbearable hunger.

He was said to have sneaked into the vessel from Safi Port in Morocco, with the conviction that the vessel was bound for Spain, where he intended to travel to for greener pastures. Unfortunately for him, he ended up in Ghana, where he was arrested.

Colonel Joseph Punamane, the Tema Port Security Manager, explained that the Port Security was contacted by the ship’s crew to assist them to send ashore the stowaway, after finding him on their vessel.

“So together with the immigration and the police, we had to disembark him and find a way of sending him back to his country. No matter what food you carry, the weather is not friendly when you are going to Europe, the winter will give you up . . .” he pointed out.

He indicated that his outfit was collaborating with the Ghana Police and the Immigration Service to deport the suspect to Morocco.

Advising the public against stowaway, the Port Security Manager said “it’s a wasted effort to attempt to stowaway. Therefore, people should disabuse their minds of that because they can never succeed stowing away. Even when you go, they will get you and bring you back. There are CCTV cameras everywhere so you cannot hide, with dogs rummaging everywhere.”

The Immigration Officer in charge of Tema Port, Chief Superintendent Kwame Fosu also implored the youth to desist from stowaways since it is a fruitless effort.

From Vincent Kubi, Tema