Goa tourism minister Dilip Parulekar said on Monday that Nigerian nationals don’t just “create problems” in Goa, but across the country, too.
The minister’s comment comes even as African nationals in New Delhi staged a protest against rising attacks on them and a group of African students also met foreign secretary S Jaishankar.
Parulekar, asked to comment on accusations of rape and abduction against two Africans levelled by a woman at Mapusa police station on Sunday, said that Nigerian students commit crimes on purpose to prolong their stay, sell drugs and indulge in “unwanted things”.
He also said that a strict pan-India law should be enacted to deport them within a month.
“Nigerians create problem not just in Goa, but in the entire country. Nigerian students come to Goa and India to study, they get an FIR filed (against them), make it a judicial matter and then try to stay in India or Goa and indulge in drugs and other unwanted things,” Parulekar said.
“Two years ago I had heard they had blocked the (national highway 17) highway. India should have a strict law, where the police force can catch them and deport them back. But that law is not in India at the moment, therefore it is a weak point in matters of governance,” Parulekar said, adding that those who have been “black-listed” or have committed crimes should be deported within a month.
Meanwhile, the Goa Police on Monday claimed to have arrested a Nigerian who has been accused of kidnapping and raping a 31-year-old woman here late on Saturday night.
Speaking to reporters, superintendent of police Umesh Gaonkar said the accused, one of two who are accused of committing the alleged crime, was nabbed in a train at Panvel railway station in Maharashtra.
“I do not have any more details about the accused. He has been arrested. He will be brought to Goa later tonight,” Gaonkar said.
The victim has claimed that two Africans had abducted her at knife-point and later raped her at a rented room in Assagao village, 20 km north of Panaji. Police were on the lookout for the accused since late Saturday night, when the complaint was registered.