The joint security team monitoring the mysterious Tamaya 1 vessel ashore a remote beach in Grand Cape Mount County has arrested 17 fishermen with several items looted from the abandoned vessel.
According to Police in Robertsport, when the vessel was discovered in the absence of security personnel, some residents of the city took advantage of the situation by looting from the vessel at night and that it was difficult for security to identify those involved in the act. The Panamanian vessel was discovered in Grand Cape Mount County with no crew member on board with most of the documents belonging to the vessel reportedly burnt to ashes inside the ship. According to Robertsport Police Commander Abraham Dolley, the 17 men that were caught with the looted items were all Ghanaians doing fishing business in the city and residents of Fanti Town. The Police Commander said those involved have already been arrested, charged, and forwarded to court for prosecution, while at the same time security have warned all fishermen to stay away from the abandoned vessel. He warned that anyone caught around the vessel trying to enter will be arrested, charged and turned over to the court. The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Defense last week announced that investigation into the mysterious vessel has commenced and called on the media not to jump to early conclusion. A day after the government announced the beginning of investigation to find the owners of the vessel, the Ministry of Defense, in a press release, said three individuals have arrived in the country claiming ownership of Tamaya 1. The individuals include two of the four crew members, Omowho Bernard and Tomogho Oye Amaliri, and one Nigerian, Robert M. Saigha, the purported owner of the ship, who also claims to be one of the two shareholders in a company called HG Matic’s Resources Limited based in Bayelsa State, Nigeria. According to him, the company is engaged in the supply of petroleum products, marine logistics, haulage, civil engineering and general contractual services.