Ghanaian Fishing Trawler Captain’s detention now 25 days Workers’ food exhausted

By Muhammed Sailu Bah

Ebenezer Noumo Justice, a Ghanaian national who is the captain of a fishing trawler, is still reported detained at Mile 2 Prison forMile II 25 days now.  A close source said the workers at the fishing trawler are right now in Limbo due to the exhaustion of their food stuff because they have over stayed in the Gambia.

Mr. Justice was said to be arrested and subsequently detained on Thursday, 25 June, 2015, at the Mile two central prison in the outskirts of the capital, Banjul, according to a source.

The source, who works with the Captain, said they have been making some efforts to talk with the Authorities about the issue of the release of the Captain, but still nothing has materialized. He also told this reporter that the captain is still at the Mile 2 central prison.

The source also indicated that they take food for Mr. Justice at the Prison everyday. He lamented that they are also in a very bad situation, because they cannot move with the Fishing Trawler back to Senegal since it is under the Navy guards at the Fishing Jetty Wharfu Njago in Banjul.

Earlier it was reported that the captain of the trawler is working for a Chinese company called Fuyuang Yu 120 which is based in the neighbouring republic of Senegal. The source, who works with the captain, said they normally come to Gambian waters for fishing, as well as other countries along the coast in the sub region.

He explained that the captain, who was lodging in a motel, was invited on Monday, 22 June, by the Marine Commander and that he spent the night there. He said on the following day, Tuesday, the captain was taken to Police headquarters in Banjul where he was detained until Thursday, 25 June, before being transferred to Mile 2 prison. He also said they were allowed to take food to him at Mile 2 on Friday. The source revealed that their fishing trawler is presently docked at the wharf

Earlier, former Police Public Relations Officer, David Kujabi, had informed Foroyaa that he was not aware of the arrest and detention at Mile 2 of Ebenezer Noumo Justice. Talking to this reporter in his office, PRO Kujabi said the Police do not arrest people just like that and then take them to Mile 2 without going through the court.

Foroyaa will still make efforts to meet with the Police PRO on this issue.