from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIANS have been caught up in yet another xenophobic storm after its students were brutally attacked in India where they have been accused of running underhand drug business.
The nine students have been hospitalised after a mob laid siege on them following the death of a 19-year-old Indian university student in Noida in the northern Uttah Prudesh State.
A drug overdose is suspected but police said this had not been ascertained but Nigerian students have been targetted.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, expressed outrage at the incident and called on the Indian government to take responsibility and protect Nigerian students in the Asian country.
“The Indian government must ensure that any alleged suspect should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
While condemning the mob action as unwarranted and deplorable, Dabiri-Erewa nonetheless noted the Indian authorities currently had five suspects in custody.
She noted the steps taken so far by India, which includes patrol of the area and immediate arrest of suspected culprits with more arrests likely.
Dabiri-Erewa prayed for the quick recovery of the hospitalised students.
She urged Nigerians in India to “remain calm and be watchful of their surroundings.”
The attacks on the Nigerians come on the heels of violence against some Nigerian nationals in South Africa where they have been accused of dealing in drugs and running brothels.
The violence set of a diplomatic tiff between two of Africa’s influential countries and biggest economies after Nigeria accused South Africa of failing to deal with the situation.
Dabiri-Erewa alleged 116 Nigerians had been killed in the past two years.
– CAJ News