Ship Carrying 16 Detained Sailors From India Handed Over To Nigeria

On Saturday, V Muraleedharan, Minister of State (MoS) responsible for External Affairs, visited Sanu Jose’s home, which is one of the 16 sailors from India who were reportedly “detained” in Equatorial Guinea and said that the recent information is that the vessel has now been handed over to authorities in Nigeria and request for consular access will be made once it makes it to the port.

Sanu Jose is MT Heroic Idun’s Chief Officer and one of the Indian sailors to be detained in Equatorial Guinea.

The information received is that the vessel was handed over to relevant Nigerian authorities and had started sailing toward the Nigerian port.

On reaching the port, requests for consular access will be made. And we’ll meet the sailors onboard the vessel, and negotiations with relevant Nigerian authorities will begin, Muraleedharan mentioned.

Ship Carrying 16 Detained Sailors From India Handed Over To Nigeria
Credits: Oneindia News / YouTube

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated on Thursday that it is aware of the Indian sailors stuck in Equatorial Guinea, mentioning that the government is extending its efforts for a quick resolution of the matter.

MEA is aware of the consular issue; the understanding is that the 16 sailors from India are stranded there, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi mentioned in a press briefing.

He added that they are in touch with the detained Indian sailors and are making efforts for the early resolution of this issue. At the moment, they seem to be in Equatorial Guinea.

The Indian mission based in Equatorial Guinea said on Monday that Indian authorities are working closely with Nigerian and Equatorial Guinea authorities for the quick release of crew members held up.

Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala’s Chief Minister, urged the Centre to intervene and release the sailors held up. In a letter to India’s PM Narendra Modi, Vijayan reportedly requested him to direct India’s diplomatic missions in Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea to proactively intervene and, thereby, facilitate the urgent release of the MT Heroic Idun and the crew members who’ve been detained since 12 August.

The development has come in the wake of photographs and videos sent by the detained sailors of Kerala to their family members widely circulating on social media platforms and news channels.

One of the videos is by Vijith Nair, the brother of Vismaya who had committed suicide in 2021 (June) owing to dowry harassment — the incident led to a debate in the state regarding the practice.

In the video, Vijith says that 15 members of the crew, including him, have been locked in a Malabo-based jail surrounded by security personnel after they had been taken from the ship on the pretext of hotel accommodation.

References: NDTV, News18

Disclaimer :
The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. While we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.

Do you have info to share with us ? Suggest a correction

About Author

Marine Insight News Network is a premier source for up-to-date, comprehensive, and insightful coverage of the maritime industry. Dedicated to offering the latest news, trends, and analyses in shipping, marine technology, regulations, and global maritime affairs, Marine Insight News Network prides itself on delivering accurate, engaging, and relevant information.

Subscribe To Our Newsletters

By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy and may receive occasional deal communications; you can unsubscribe anytime.

Web Stories

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *