The Federal Government on Wednesday summoned the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Nagabushana Reddy, to demand that the attackers of Nigerian students in a university in that country be immediately arrested and prosecuted.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Olushola Enikanolaiye, told the ambassador at a meeting in Abuja that the government was concerned because a similar incident had happened in the past were Nigerians were attacked in India.
“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.
Four Nigerian students were attacked by a mob during a candle-light march for a 17-year-old Indian boy, who died of suspected drug overdose. It was alleged that Nigerians masterminded the death of the boy.
A video of one of the attacks at a popular shopping mall in India went viral on social media.
“We think this should not have happened considering the excellent relationship between two of us — the two countries have things in common and have been great friends,” Enikanolaiye said.
According to him, the concern of the ministry is that such a matter should not be allowed to affect the relationship between the two countries.
Ambassador Reddy described the incident as deplorable.
Reddy said 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.
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.
There was a spate of attacks on African nationals living in India last year, including one in which a Congolese man was beaten to death in Delhi.
In 2013 another Nigerian was brutally lynched in the central Indian city of Goa.
This recent attack comes on the heels of anti-Nigerians riots in South Africa which have so far injured over half a dozen Nigerians resident in that country.