External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has addressed the situation regarding the abducted Indian sailors, stating that she is looking into their safe release and has taken up the matter with the Nigerian government.
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) May 7, 2019
Abhay — Please take this up and send me a report. @india_nigeria
This is not the first pirate attack in the Gulf of Guinea this year. In January, the container ship MSC Mandy was assaulted off the coast of Cotonou, Benin, and six crew members were kidnapped by the attackers.