Persons suspected to be pirates have reportedly hijacked a Ghanaian fishing vessel, local media is reporting.
CITI FM in Accra reported that the hijack occurred on Monday but failed to give details of the exact vessel.
An official of the Ghana Maritime Authority, Captain Inusah Abdul-Nasir was quoted by Citi FM to have said that ““This incident was reported at about 06:00 pm (GMT) on Monday.”
Abdul-Nasir further said that “We have a system at the Ghana Maritime Authority which we use to track vessels in the Maritime domain so during this monitoring system at about 1800 hours of Monday, there was a call from the vessel.”
“Actually these vessels do not call but they were calling the navy, and there was no response so we intercepted the call and called back, but unfortunately the vessel did not respond. The operator subsequently called to say a fishing vessel was purportedly hijacked,” he added.
Officials are now working hard according to local media to rescue the vessel.
It is reported that the vessel sailed into Togolese waters following the hijacking with the Togolese Navy helping in the rescue efforts.