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Goa crackdown: Nigeria concerned about security

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 06, 2013
First Published: 01:41 IST(6/11/2013) | Last Updated: 01:43 IST(6/11/2013)

The killing of a Nigerian in Goa had turned into a matter of diplomatic unease between the two countries, which was subsequently brought under control by the external affairs ministry through a series of measures on Tuesday.

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In a note verbale, Nigeria has conveyed its concerns over the security of their nationals in India besides demanding the immediate arrest of those responsible for the murder of one of their nationals in Goa.

Matters came to a head when on Monday, Nigerian consular official was quoted in a section of the media that thousands of Indians in his country will be “thrown out on the streets” if police doesn’t stop evicting Nigerians from their rented homes in Goa.

Speaking after meeting members of the Nigerian community in Goa, bureaucrats and police officials over the last two days, consular attache Jacob Nwadadia said the Goa government had until 9pm. Monday to stop the illegal eviction process.

There are around 50,000 Nigerians in India and over one million Indians stay in Nigeria. However, India has assured that all concerned issues will be addressed amicably and external affairs ministry is expecting a report from the  Goa government. 

“In discussions today MEA has assured Nigeria that the issue will be settled in a cooperative manner in line with our friendly ties,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

Following discussions with Nigeria’s high commissioner, MEA was in touch with  the  government of Goa.  “It was informed that the authorities in Goa are investigating the matter as law and order is a State subject. A report is to be sent to MEA soon”, he added.

The Indian mission in Abuja has also updated the Nigerian foreign office about the incident. “We have lost one of our nationals in a cold-blooded murder. We have raised the issue with India,” Tokunbo Falohun, Minister-Press in the Nigerian high commission said.

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