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Fate of arrested Nigerian pirates still in limbo

  The case of the 8 Nigerian  pirates arrested in Ghana keeps getting more interesting. During a court hearing within the week the defense counsel expressed his discontent to the fact that he had still been denied access to his clients by the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) where they are being held. A situation which he said was against the fundamental human rights of his clients.

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arrested Nigerian pirates. photo courtesy graphiconline.

 The presiding judge Her Lordship Mrs. Sackey enquired whether the accused have been allowed to contact their families through phone as the police suggests but surprisingly all the accused said otherwise. They claim that even though they were fed thrice a day they are yet to be allowed to speak to their families or for that matter any one.

  The defense lawyer Uche Mwosu mentioned that, the law allows him to speak to his clients as he is representing them. He further mentioned that “ I have gotten an order so I will serve them and that would hopefully facilitate the process”.

 In this regards the court has ordered the police and the BNI to grant access to the lawyer and relatives of the accused.

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The suspects were arrested about a month ago by the eastern naval command after they were alleged to have hijacked a ship “MV Mariam” carrying crude oil from Nigeria within Ghanaian waters about 26 nautical miles south-east of the Tema coast.

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