Nigeria’s government summons Indian high commissioner over attack on Nigerian students

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Nigeria’s government on Wednesday asked Indian government to ensure the immediate arrest and prosecution of those responsible for attacks of Nigerian students in an Indian university.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Olushola Enikanolaiye, made the call in Abuja at a meeting on the issue with the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Nagabushana Reddy, Vanguard reports.

Enikanolaiye said the call for the prosecution of culprits was necessary to serve as a deterrent to others and to forestall future occurrences.

He further said that the government was concerned that Nigerian students in India were harassed, beaten up and many of them seriously injured.

“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.

Nigerian and Kenyan students are some of the Africans that have reportedly been attacked by mobs this week in northern India, some left with devastating injuries.

Nine Nigerians were attacked, including two brothers who were badly injured after a mob attacked them with blunt objects.

 

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