After attack on Nigerian students by a mob in Greater Noida, the Indian envoy in Abuja has been called upon to register its protest over the attack in order to seek ‘diligent prosecution’ against the perpetrators. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), at a meeting yesterday with the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria Nagabushana Reddy in Abuja yesterday, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Olushola Enikanolaiye, has sought for action by the Government of India. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, today said, “Not apt to comment till there is a result of the investigation. Admin on alert to ensure such incidents don’t repeat.” In an earlier interview, she said that UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has assured that a fair and impartial investigation is taking place into the “unfortunate” incident.
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The incident took place during a candlelight march for a 17-year-old Indian boy who died last week in Greater Noida due to drug overdose. The mob attacked the students after the deceased parents alleged that their boy was kidnapped and drugged to death by the foreigners.
According to a report, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Olushola Enikanolaiye in an interview said, “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. That is why we felt we should register our concern to you on this occasion, and to please ask your government to take effective measures that this does not occur again.” The report further quoted him saying, “It is therefore, a concern to us that Nigerian students in that place were harassed, beaten up and many of them were 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”