The Indian High Commission in Nigeria Abhay Thakur has responded to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s request to ensure the release of five Indian sailors in the African nation by pirates.
He said he was in “very close touch” with the Nigerian Navy and the police. “Concerned parties have made initial contact,” the Indian High Commission said on Twitter. “Caution is of utmost importance for everyone’s safety.”
“I have seen news reports about abduction of five Indian sailors by pirates in Nigeria. I am asking Indian High Commissioner to take this up at the highest level with Government of Nigeria for their release,” Swaraj had tweeted.
Last month, pirates had abducted five sailors after taking their ship, MT Apecus, at Bonny Outer anchorage in Nigeria.
Wife of one of the kidnapped seafarers had alerted Swaraj
On April 24, Bhagyasree Das, wife of Sudeep Kumar Choudhury, one of the kidnapped sailors, had alerted Swaraj on Twitter that her husband and four others were kidnapped on April 19.
Five days later, Das tweeted again that there were no updates on her husband’s whereabouts and sought the minister’s help.
On April 30, Das alerted BJP spokesperson Jay Panda, seeking his intervention. She included links to news reports about the incident.