Marilyn Ogar, the Deputy Director, Public Relations, Department of State Services, explained in a statement issued yesterday that the victims were kidnapped off the coast of Equatorial Guinea and brought to Bonny Channel, Rivers State, where they were held hostage.
The statement read; “on 30th January 2014, this Service in collaboration with the Military rescued three Indians, Kanishik JHORAR, Mhinder Singh SAINI and Balwinder SINGH.
“They were kidnapped on 3rd January, 2014, while on board a cargo ship, MV SAN MIGUEL belonging to Martinez Hermanos Limitada, an Equatorial Guinea Company, off the coast of Equatorial Guinea and brought to Bonny Channel, Rivers State, where they were held hostage.
“Accordingly, on 31st January, 2014, the three Indians were handed over to the Indian High Commission and the country of their employers, Equatorial Guinea Embassy, respectively. No ransom was paid for their release.
“Meanwhile, five members of the kidnap gang have been arrested, while the leader of the group and others are still at large.”