Sushma Swaraj, Five Indian soldiers abducted, Nigeria

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday asked the Indian High Commissioner in Nigeria to take the abduction of five Indian soldiers in Africa which took place two weeks ago, at the ‘highest level’ for their immediate release.

In a tweet, the minister also asked the Indian High Commissioner, Abhay Thakur to prepare a report on the incident.

“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.  Abhay – Please take this up and send me a report,” Sushma tweeted.

On April 30, Bhagyashree Das, one of the wife of the abducted sailor Sudeep Kumar, in a tweet addressed to BJP’s Vice-President, Baijayant Panda, wrote, , “Sir Plz help us to save my husband, Sudeep Kumar Choudhury 3rd Officer Merchant Navy, who has been kidnapped along with 4 other Indians from vessel, MT APECUS(IMO 733810) anchored off Lagos, Nigeria on 19.04.2019. Require ur early & urgent intervention into this matter.” She also tweeted to Sushma Swaraj for the help.

The Indian commission in Nigeria replied back saying it was in “very close touch” with the Nigerian Navy and police and that “concerned parties have made initial contact.” “Caution is of utmost importance for everyone’s safety,” it added.

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