11 Indians released from Nigerian prison

11 Indians released from Nigerian prison

India's external minister Sushma Swaraj has said that the government is making all efforts to secure the release of two Indians abducted last Wednesday from Gboko, Nigeria. Photograph: (Getty)

New Delhi, India Jul 4, 2016, 10.57 AM (IST)
Eleven Indians who had been languishing in a Nigerian prison for two years have been released, confirmed India's external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

Employees of a Indian merchant navy firm, the crew's ship got stranded in Nigeria and the entire crew was arrested for violating laws of international waters in 2014.

In a tweet, Swaraj also appreciated the efforts of Indian high commissioner in Nigeria B N Reddy for expediting their repatriation.

Meanwhile, Swaraj has said that the government is making all efforts to secure the release of two Indians abducted from Gboko, a town in the Benue state of north-central Nigeria.

The abducted men are Anish Sharma from Karnataka and  Mangipudi Sai Srinivas from the southern Indian state of Andhara Pradesh.

Both were travelling to Dangote Cement Plant in a car from their residential quarters last Wednesday, when a group of armed men kidnapped them at a traffic signal.

Swaraj said that she spoke to Anish Sharma`s wife and assured her that the Government is doing its best to secure their release from abductors.

In a tweet she said she has deputed a senior officer to update the family regularly.External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup had on Friday described the abduction as "nothing surprising or new in that area", saying such incidents keep happening there.

 (ANI) 

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Employees of a merchant navy firm, their ship got stranded, and the crew was arrested for violating laws of International waters in 2014

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