Following the attack on four Nigerian nationals in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh on yesterday, the Nigerian High Commissioner has meet the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) officals on Tuesday. As per ANI, the acting High Commissioner along with two other diplomats had a meeting with MEA officials earlier today and raised concerns over the security of Nigerian nationals in the country. After the meeting with MEA, Nigerian officials also met the assaulted victims who were admitted in hospital for treatment.
Earlier in the day, Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter and said that she had spoken to UP government on the issue and had also asked to submit a detailed report on the same. Responding to Swaraj’s statement, UP Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said, “Attack on Nigerian students a serious issue. Proper probe will be done. Report will be provided to Centre at earliest.”
It all started with the death of a class 12 student in Greater Noida’s NSG Black Cats Enclave due to overdose of drugs. Five Nigerian students living in neighbourhood were detained in connection with the case, but were later released due to lack of evidence. Soon after the Nigerian students were release, about 100 locals came out on roads and held protest demanding that all Africans living around the vicinity must vacate their rented houses immediately. Later the locals held a candle light march for the deceased student and during the march four Nigerian students were attacked by the people accusing them of murder and demanding their arrest. Meanwhile, the association of African students has asked the students to stay inside, and heavy police security have been deployed in the area to prevent any further incidents of violence.