The federal government has sent a warning to India, where it stated that the Buhari led administration will hold the Indian authority accountable if anything were to happen to Nigerian students studying there. This statement was made after a report in the’Times of India’, showed that Nigerian and African students with a total of over 60 Nigerians were attacked following a football match in the school; GD Goenka University, Delhi India; causing them to flee the campus. The Indian students reportedly launched the attack on the students on Sunday after the match was called off on Saturday which was caused by the refusal of the Nigerian and African students to play a paired match with the Indian students; due to an earlier incidence.
Dr. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairman/CEO, of the Nigerians in Diaspora commission (NIDCOM) reacted to the development in a tweet where she stated that “this happened on Saturday as a result of a fracas during a football match between African and Indian students”, she also noted that the federal government had sent word to the Indian government that they shall be held responsible should any harm come to the Nigerian students. The Indian authorities have penned down a commitment to protect the Nigerian students after the Nigerian mission took custody of 86 Nigerian students and invited the representatives of the Indian government to ensure safety of the students who then returned to campus on Sunday.
Calm has returned to the campus, although a few injuries were recorded, further investigations are ongoing. The Nigerian mission has told the students feeling threatened to report to the Nigerian mission residing in Delhi immediately. The school authority had suspended 10 students over their allegation. It has also been taken to notice that both sides had lodged complaint against each other at Sohna City police station, however, the University management insisted that no student had left the campus.