Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora has urged Nigerians in India to remain calm and be watchful of their surroundings.
Her appeal followed multiple distress calls by Nigerian students in India on concerns over their safety as a result of renewed attacks on them.
Dabiri-Erewa said in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday that the renewed Tuesday attacks on Nigerian students’ in India was uncalled for.
While condemning the mob action as unwarranted and deplorable, the SSA noted that the Indian authorities currently had five suspects in custody.
Dabiri-Erewa noted that though the situation was calm at the moment, the Indian government has a responsibility to protect Nigerian students in India going about their normal duties.
She urged the Indian government “to ensure that any alleged suspect should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law”.
She said the Chargé d’affaires in India, Amb. Mrs Queen Worlu has promptly visited the scene of the incident and also visited the three patients in hospital.
Abike discloed that “I have also spoken with Mr Charles Kennedy, President of the Students’ association in Greater Noida where the attacks occurred.
“He said though a Kenyan girl who was working alone in the early hours of today was attacked, more police patrol vehicles have been deployed to all areas.
“He confirmed that the situation is calm and is pleased with the prompt actions of the Nigerian Chargé d’affaires in India and the Indian government so far”.
Two of the victims are two brothers, Precious and Endurance Amalawa and Chukwuma Igboamalu.
Other reports have it that nine Nigerians were attacked, all students of Noida International University in India.
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