No clue why we were attacked, says Nigerian national

Police arrested five men yesterday after hundreds of angry residents of a north Indian city attacked Africans with sticks and metal chairs following the death of a local teenager from a suspected drug overdose.

On March 28, four Nigerian students were attacked near Pari Chowk, while two more were beaten inside a shopping mall.

"I have spoken to Yogi Adityanath ji Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh about attack on African students in Greater Noida". The locals also claimed that the boy was seen spending time with these Nigerian students. Police arrested some Nigerians after the death of Manish, but released them after questioning due to lack of evidence. The police registered an FIR against nine people and booked around 300 for culpable homicide.

Sujata Singh, Superintendent of Police, Greater Noida said the protesters became violent during the march and started beating up the Africans they saw on the road.

The Nigerian High Commissioner had met the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) officials following the attack on the Nigerian nationals on Monday in Greater Noida.

Uttar Pradesh's health minister, Siddharth Nath Singh, said the attack on the Nigerians is a serious issue and a serious offence.

They have called out the inherent racism in the country and expressed shock and disappointment at the brutality meted out to these students who have been accused of cannibalism after a local student's death last week.

The African community is generally accused of drug peddling. Three Nigerians have been admitted in a hospital in Greater Noida.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj sought information from the Uttar Pradesh government over the incident following which Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi assured of an "impartial probe".

A video posted on Facebook by the Association of African Students in India (AASI) shows an African being beaten by a mob in Noida's Ansal Plaza mall. We are in touch with the African Union chairperson.

Responding to several tweets from African students based in Greater Noida, Swaraj assured them not to panic as the Government of India is seized of the matte and is taking immediate action in the case.

  • Leroy Wright