New Delhi, July 1: The government on Friday confirmed reports that two Indian tiols have been kidpped in Nigeria and said that the Indian mission in the West African tion is closely coorditing with local agencies in the wake of the incident.
“Yes, in an unfortute development, two Indian tiols, Mangapudi Srinivas and Kaushal Anish Sharma — tives of Andhra Pradesh and Kartaka — were abducted on the morning of June 29 in the Benue state of Nigeria,” Exterl Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in his weekly media briefing. “Both were on their way to work at the Benue Cement company, owned by the Dangote Group,” he said.
The Dangote Group is a Nigerian multitiol industrial conglomerate, the largest in West Africa. Swarup said that the employers of the two Indians immediately informed the Governor of Benue state, the State Commissioner of Police as well as the local head of State Security Service, the interl intelligence arm. “Our mission in Abuja is closely coorditing with these agencies and the company, and we are hopeful of an early resolution to the issue,” he said. Stating that no ransom demand has been made, the Spokesperson added: “There is nothing to show that the abductors were from the Boko Haram group and perhaps local crimil elements are involved.” (IANS)