Five Indian Sailors Abducted by Nigerian Pirates Released

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Five Indian sailors, who were recently released from the captivity of Nigerian pirates, reached Mumbai on Monday. The seafarers who were abducted and released were Putcha Sai Avinash and Moogu Ravi from Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh, Jadhav Chirag Deepak of Maharashtra, Sudeep Kumar Choudhury of Odisha, and Anikit Hooda of Rohtak in Haryana.

”Good news! Our seafarers on MT Apecus — Sudeep, Chirag, Avinash, Ankit and Ravi, who have been released from captivity in Nigeria, are returning to Mumbai tomorrow. I thank Petronav Carriers LLC, Nigerian maritime authorities and Indian High Commission in Nigeria for their efforts,” TS Tirumurti, Secretary Economic Relations of Ministry of External Affairs said in a tweet.

These Indian sailors were kidnapped from their vessel MT Apecus on April 19, 2019 and taken ashore off Bonny Island in Nigeria. They were rescued on June 27 and are now in safe custody of Indian authorities in Abuja. There were celebrations at the Mumbai airport as the families of seafarers distributed sweets.

The High Commission of India in Nigeria had sought the assistance from the Nigerian Navy and other security agencies to track these abducted Indian sailors.

Sea News, July 2