Nigerian students attacked at an Indian University; blamed for death of a 17 year old boy
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Video: Nigerian Students attached at an Indian University
Nigeria has asked the Indian Government to ensure the immediate arrest and prosecution of the mob responsible for attacks of Nigerian students at an Indian university. About four Nigerian students were attacked by a mob during a candlelight march for a 17-year-old Indian boy, who died of suspected drug overdose. It was alleged that Nigerians masterminded the death of the youngster.
A top official of Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Ministry Ambassador Olushola Enikanolaiye said the call for the prosecution of culprits was necessary to serve as a deterrent to others and to forestall future occurrences. He said that the High Commissioner was invited to register the Federal Government’s concern over the incident.
Enikanolaye refuted the claims Nigerians masterminded the boy’s death and instead said that the boy was said to be on drugs and must have had an overdose.
Enikanolaye stated, “This is not the first time this would happened; Nigerians have suffered similar attack in the past; so, what we will like to see on this occasion is that the perpetrator should be arrested.” He continued, “And we want to see diligent prosecution so that it would serve as a deterrent to those who think they can take laws into their hands and harass students who are going about their studies”.
The Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Nagabushana Reddy said that the Indian Minister of External Affairs had already issued a statement condemning the incident. In his statement, Amb. Nagabushana Reddy indicated that security operatives had been deployed to the area where the incident occurred, to ensure peace and safety of Nigerians and other foreigners. The envoy said that five of the seven accused persons had been arrested while security operatives were on the trail of the remaining two.
“The government is determined to see that justice is done,” the High Commissioner said.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, has advised Nigerians in India to remain calm and be watchful of their surroundings.
Caracal Reports Staff