The House on Wednesday also mandated its committees on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Matters to investigate circumstances surrounding the killing and the subsequent illegal incarceration of 53 Nigerians in Indian prisons.
The action was taken after a motion was moved by Rep.Yusuf Ayo Tajudeen under Matters of Urgent National Importance.
Tajudeen while arguing the motion said one Nigerian was allegedly killed and five others severely wounded on October 31, in the Goa region of India by people suspected to be members of a local drug cartel.
He said following peaceful and legitimate protest by Nigerians against the murder of their compatriot, the police acting on the orders of Goa’s Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar, forcefully arrested and incarcerated 53 Nigerians living and working in the region.
The lawmaker expressed worry that the Indian official further issued directive to the police to commence clampdown and possible deportation of Nigerians in the resort state of India.
“This unfortunate incident may affect the economic fortunes and social relevance of over 50,000 Nigerians engaged in legitimate and lawful business in India,” he said.
“The Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parrikar, further issued directive to the police to commence clampdown and possible deportation of Nigerians in the resort state of India”, he added.
Describing the development as “inhuman”, Suleiman also informed the House that the minister was allegedly supporting a plan by villagers in Goa to embark on a racist campaign against the over 50,000 Nigerians resident in the region.
The Nigerian High Commissioner to India, Ambassador Ndubuisi Amaku, speaking to Channels Television via a telephone interview vehemently denied the allegations that the Nigerian killed in India was involved in a drug deal.
“This is not correct, the young man has been determined to be a very innocent, I repeat, innocent person… Even at that, if a Nigerian is involved in drugs, the proper punishment is not to hack him to death.”
Ambassador Amaku expressed Nigerians’ disappointment at the “seeming unwillingness of the local authorities to apprehend the culprit.”
He also promised that the Nigerian High Commission would handle the issue through the appropriate diplomatic channels.