Mangapudi Srinivas and Kaushal Anish Sharma, abducted on June 29 from Boko in Benue state, were freed at 10.30 a.m. IST, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
Stating that both released persons had spoken to their families, Swarup said Sharma's wife thanked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for ensuring his safe release.
Swaraj took to Twitter and said: "We have been able to rescue Sai Srinivas and Anish Sharma from abductors in Nigeria."
We have been able to rescue Sai Srinivas and Anish Sharma from abductors in Nigeria./1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 16, 2016
Indian High Commissioner in Nigeria Shri B.N. Reddy deserves appreciation for his efforts. /2— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 16, 2016
Srinivas and Sharma were on their way to work at the Benue Cement company, owned by the Dangote Group, when they were kidnapped by a group of men at a traffic signal.
The Dangote Group is a Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate, the largest in West Africa.