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Nigerian releases 11 Indians from prison

Sushma Swaraj

Eleven Indian crew members of a Merchant Navy firm who had been serving in Nigerian prison for the last two years have been released on July 3, confirmed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in a tweet.

The entire ship crew was arrested for violating International Waters Laws when the ship got stranded in Nigeria in 2014.

In another tweet made by the minister, she appreciated the High Commissioner in Nigeria B N Reddy for his efforts in speeding up their release.

Meanwhile, Swaraj also assured that the government is making all efforts to secure the release of the two engineers abducted from Gboko town in Nigeria last week.

Anish Sharma from Karnataka and Mangipudi Sai Srinivas from Vizag were kidnapped when they were traveling in a car to Dangote Cement Plant from their residential quarters on July 29 by a group of armed men at a traffic signal.

A senior officer has also been deputed to regularly update the families of the captives, said the minister in a tweet.


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