Five Indian sailors kidnapped by pirates in Nigeria released: Minister of Maritime Affairs

New Delhi: Five Indian sailors, who were abducted from a boat in Nigeria, were released and taken to safety, State Minister of Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya said on Saturday.
“I am delighted to share that due to the constant efforts of various stakeholders, including the Ministry of Shipping, the Directorate General for Shipping and the High Commission of India, Abuja, Nigeria, the sailors from India have been successfully released and have reached the safe guarding of the authorities,” Mandaviya said.
Five Indian sailors – Sudeep Chaudhary, Ankit Hood, Chirag Yadav, Avinash Reddy and Moogu Ravi – were abducted from the ship – MT Apecus – then taken to Bonny Island, Nigeria, on April 19 this year.
After the news of their abduction arrived, the Center established an Interministerial Group of Officers (IMGO), under the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, which dealt with the maritime security situation.
The Ministry of Maritime Affairs, through the Directorate General for Shipping, contacted the Indian High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria, and closely coordinated with various agencies to ensure their safe release.
It can also be recalled that Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan wrote EAM S Jaishankar about it, asking for his personal intervention in this matter.
Pradhan asked the Foreign Ministry to intervene urgently after his father, Sudeep Chaudhary, a resident of Odise, requested his help.
Praising EAM Jaishankar and Mandaviya and the entire team to secure the safe release of sailors, Pradhan tweeted: “Thank you Jaishankar, Mansukh Mandaviya and all interested parties for their efforts in securing the release of 5 Indian seafarers including Sudeep Chowdhary of Odish who was among our citizens kidnapped by pirates in Nigeria. “

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