TS Tirumurti, Secretary (Financial Relations) MEA, stated Indian sailors aboard MT Apecus will arrive in the present day.


5 Indian sailors who had been kidnapped from a ship in Nigeria earlier this yr, will return to Mumbai in the present day following their launch, Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) stated on Sunday.

“Our seafarers on MT Apecus – Sudeep, Chirag, Avinash, Ankit and Ravi, who have been released from captivity in Nigeria, are returning to Mumbai tomorrow,” TS Tirumurti, Secretary (Financial Relations) Ministry of Exterior Affairs had stated yesterday.

The 5 seafarers had been kidnapped by pirates in Nigeria from the vessel MT Apecus on April 19. After greater than 70 days in captivity, they had been launched lately and reached protected custody following joint efforts by MEA and Nigerian authorities.

“I am happy to share that due to sustained efforts of various stakeholders including Ministry of Shipping, the Directorate General of Shipping and the High Commission of India, Abujam, Nigeria, the kidnapped India seafarers were successfully released and have reached the safe custody of the authorities,” Minister of State for Transport Mansukh Mandaviya stated on Saturday.

The Central authorities had arrange an Inter-Ministerial Group of Officers (IMGO) below the Ministry of Transport on this matter. The Ministry coordinated with numerous businesses to work in direction of the early launch of seafarers.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had additionally taken up the difficulty with Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, after the daddy of Sudeep Chaudhary, a resident of Odisha, had appealed to him for his intervention within the matter. 

Praising Mr Jaishankar and Mr Mandaviya for the discharge of the sailors, Union Minister Pradhan tweeted, “Thank you S Jaishankar, Mansukh Mandaviya and all the stakeholders for their efforts in securing the release of 5 Indian seafarers including that of Sudeep Chowdhary from Odisha who was amongst our citizens kidnapped by pirates in Nigeria.”

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