On Friday, August 11, 2023, the five-member committee investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two fishermen will release its report.
According to the Tema Regional Office of Ghana News Agency, the committee was established by the Tema Metropolitan Security Council (MESEC) with the mandate to investigate the incident’s causes, the perpetrators, and preventative measures.
The committee is comprised of representatives from the Tema Metropolitan Assembly, the Ghana National Fire Service, the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB), and the Ghana Police Service’s Criminal Investigation Department.
According to information obtained by the Ghana News Agency in Tema, the committee began its work on Monday, July 31, and would conclude it and present its report within the allotted ten working days.
Explaining the committee’s mode of operation, committee chairman Ebenezer Cudjoe stated that during the first five days, they convened with the Tema Traditional Council, fishermen, the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Marine Police, and the Ghana Navy.
He added that members also solicited input from others whose names were brought up during the engagement with the affected parties in order to unravel the incident.
He reassured the public that the Committee was conducting a comprehensive investigation to determine the facts and, if possible, bring the perpetrators to justice.
Samuel Akwei Allotey, 44, and Francis Tetteh Labi, 27 years old, were part of a 12-person crew on a canoe that embarked on a Homowo festival customs fishing expedition on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at dawn.
The two were believed to be entangled in their fishing net when their canoe capsized after being purportedly struck by a Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) patrol boat, an allegation the company denies.