OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called for investigation into the incessant brutality and malicious prosecution of Nigerian students by Indian Police authority.
The House also mandated its Committee on Foreign Affairs to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the police brutality, arrests and malicious prosecution of Nigerian students with a view to finding a lasting solution to it and report back to the House within two weeks for further legislative action.
The green chamber also urged the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari to declare the issue as one of national interest requiring urgent government attention.
The House also resolved to send a delegation to India to ascertain the condition, state of health and mental wellbeing of the arrested students; and urged the Nigerian High Commission in India to explore diplomatic channels in ensuring that those arrested are released on bail pending further investigation where same is still on-going.
These resolutions followed a motion moved by, Fred Agbedi (PDP, Bayelsa) during plenary on Wednesday.
While presenting the motion, Agbedi noted that, “sometime in 2017, some Nigerian and other African students studying in India were attacked by unruly Indian mobs in the district of Greater Noida, a suburb of Delhi, who beat them to a state of unconsciousness.”
The lawmaker also noted another attack in Nodia, Uttar Pradesh State “where five Nigerians were beaten and badly wounded due to the belief of the mob that the death of an Indian student was as a result of an overdose on drugs allegedly supplied by his Nigerian colleague.”
He informed the House of “a new and rising trend of profiling, arrests, police brutality and malicious prosecution of Nigerian students by the police, including the incident of 30 December, 2017 at Yapralin Telangana State where some Nigerian students like Chidiebube Chukwuma, Priscilla Sunday and Shola were arrested and taken away, and it took the frantic efforts of colleagues and a human rights lawyer to locate their place of detention, where they have remained since.”