Nigerian authorities launched a search operation, and the MEA and Indian embassy in Nigeria have been notified

news Friday, July 01, 2016 - 07:46

Suspected terrorists have kidnapped two Indian nationals from Gboko, a town in the Benue state of north-central Nigeria, family members of one of them in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.

Mangipudi Sai Srinivas who hails from Visakhapatnam and his colleague Anish Sharma were reportedly kidnapped on Wednesday.

Srinivas's relatives approached the district collector N Yuvaraj, requesting him to take steps for their release.

Sharma and Srinivas were travelling to Dangote Cement Plc Plant in a car from their residential quarters at around 7.20 pm on Wednesday when a group of armed men kidnapped them at a traffic signal.

Srinivas's wife M Lalitha said he is a civil engineer and has been working for Dangote Cement in Gboko for the last three years. Before that he worked with Aditya Birla group in Raipur.

"I tried to reach my husband on Wednesday but could not contact him. I called up the officials of the Plant this morning and they informed me about kidnapping," she said.

A Sathar Khan, Joint Police Commissioner told The News Minute,  "Yesterday around 4 pm, wife of Sai Srinivas Lalita, a resident of VIP Road Vizag approached our office and gave a petition that her husband who is a civil engineer and working in a cement factory at Gangoti in Nigeria for the last three years, was kidnapped by some unknown persons in Nigeria at around 8.00am local time.”

"She requested us to take action and intimate the issue to Indian Embassy Nigeria. Message is being forwarded to High commission of India,” he added. 

Collector N Yuvaraj said that Nigerian authorities had launched a search operation, and the district administration had contacted the Ministry of External Affairs and Indian embassy in Nigeria about the development.


(With PTI Inputs)

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