Nigeria, alongside Benin Republic, a border country, has assisted in locating India’s ship that went missing off the West African coast. The Indian Government consequently communicated her gratitude through the External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj. As reported by Premium Times, she announced on Tuesday that the tanker had been released only a day after the help of the Nigerian Government was sought.
The vessel, a Marine Express Oil Tanker, is owned by Mumbai-based Anglo Eastern shipping company and had 22 Indians on board. As announced by the Indian External Affairs Ministry on 3 February, it was “presumably missing off the coast of Benin in the Gulf of Guinea.”
News of the release was shared by the Minister via her Twitter handle, @sushaswaraj. “I am happy to inform that Merchant Ship Marine Express with 22 Indian nationals on board has been released,” she tweeted.
At a later time, she tweeted her government’s appreciation of the assistance rendered by the governments of Nigeria and Benin. Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, had “promised all help and assistance in locating the missing ship,” she said, and the country had thereafter set up a helpline.
Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the Indian Ministry, in another tweet, revealed that the Indian Mission in Abuja was in contact with the authorities, and both Nigeria and Benin had coordinated efforts towards locating the missing vessel.