08 March 2014, Warri – The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Delta, in Warri, Friday handed over three kidnapped IndianOil workers rescued at Ajidaibo community in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.
Navy Captain Musa Gemu, who handed over the kidnapped victims at the Warri Naval Base yesterday afternoon, said that the victims were abducted by gunmen on March 5, 2014 in the coastal town of Brass, Bayelsa State, but were rescued by the Navy the following day.
The three men, identified as Messrs Manjeel Gahlawat, Rattan Chandra, and Miyanak Caini, were handed over to Mr K.S. Pathania of JAPUAL Plc, representative of their victims’ employers, CS Offshore Nigeria Ltd.
He assured of the readiness of the Nigerian Navy to continue to fight kidnapping, piracy and other criminality in its area of operation especially in the Niger-Delta.
”I want to use this opportunity to handover the three kidnapped Indians to the representative of CS Offshore Nig. Ltd, KS Pathania of Japaul plc. They are in hale and healthy condition.
”The victims were kidnapped seven nautical miles off brass Island on March 5. 2014. It however, took the combined efforts of the Nigerian Navy in Escravos and Delta Waterways Security Committee to rescue them on March 6, 2014 in Ajidaibo forest near Ugborodo.
‘”The kidnappers escaped with some of the victims personal belongings contained in their bags”, he however lamented.