Techie in Nigerian police custody

Manoj Kumar had left to work in a Nigerian oil company in March 2013
Hyderabad: Parents of a Mahbubnagar engineer, who is in the custody of Nigerian police for a year, will meet Union Minister Sushma Swaraj and Bandaru Dattatreya to press for his release.
The engineer, Manoj Kumar, is said to have been held in custody by the Nigerian police for the last one year after being captured from a ship near the Nigerian coast in the Gulf of Guinea last July along with 10 other Indians.
According to his father Dasarath, Manoj Kumar had left to work in a Nigerian oil company in March 2013. He said his son was aboard a ship transporting scrap from Ghana to Cameroon in July last year when the ship stopped in mid sea due to a technical issue. The crew spent about a month repairing the ship but were later taken into custody by the Nigerian police and are being interrogated.
His father said he came to know of this only recently and has since sought the help of Union labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya. Dasarath will meet external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj along with minister Dattatreya on Wednesday.
Manoj Kumar hails from Kotakota in Mahbubnagar and studied in Gokaraju Gangaraju engineering college here. Along with him, other captives include persons from Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh.
( Source : deccan chronicle )
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