On Saturday, the External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said that four Indians, who were in the custody of Nigerian authorities, have been released after the intervention of the Indian high commissioner there. Two of the four Indians had asked for Swaraj’s intervention in the past for their release.
One of the caught Indians, Viyas Yadav, had said that they were detained by the Nigerian authorities and were kept in Lagos for the past three months. “I am happy to inform that we have secured the return of Capt Atul Sharma, Sudhir Kumar, Balvinder Singh and Viyas Yadav to India. I appreciate the efforts of B N Reddy, Indian High Commissioner in Nigeria. We thank Nigerian authorities for their help,” the External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted. As per the reports, the four Indians were on board a merchant vessel and were caught by the officials there as they were seeking for the ship for a crime in the past. Both Kumar and Sharma are from Himachal Pradesh.