NEW DELHI: Five Indian sailors, posted in Nigeria, have been "abducted" by pirates, confirmed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. She has asked the Indian high commissioner there to take up the matter at the highest levels of the Nigerian government to ensure their release. She also asked Indian ambassador in Nigeria Abhay Thakur to send her a report on the matter.
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.— Chowkidar Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj)
Abhay - Please take this up and send me a report.
She further added, "I am asking Indian High Commissioner to take this up at the highest level with Government of Nigeria for their release."
According to reports, it has been over two weeks since the sailors were abducted. Their families said that they have been unable to contact them for several days.
The families have contacted the ship owners but Bhupender said he was told to not speak to the media about it as they were trying to secure the release of their kin. Bhupender, however, said he finds it hard to believe them as they did not even bother to inform them about the abduction in the first place.