India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed on June 4 that 11 Indian nationals who were in a Nigerian prison since 2014 have been released.
The 11 Indian nationals were crew members of a merchant navy ship that got stranded in Nigeria back in 2014.
They were arrested for violating international laws.
Shreyoshi, daughter of Jogesh Chandra Das one of those released from Nigerian jail, holds up her father’s photo in this 2015 picture. Hindustan Times
Appreciating the efforts of the Indian High Commissioner in Nigeria B.N. Reddy, Swaraj sent out another tweet:
Though when questioned about the two Indians who were abducted in Gboko, Nigeria, Swaraj said that efforts are still on to secure their release.
Anish Sharma from Karnataka and Mangipudi Sai Srinivas from Andhara Pradesh were abducted from north central Africa on June 29. Both were travelling to Dangote Cement Plant in a car for work when they were abducted.
According to reports, a group of armed men had kidnapped them at a traffic signal.
Assuring that the government was making full efforts to secure their release, Swaraj said that she was in contact with both the families and they are being updated about the situation regularly.