By Uduma Kalu with agency reports
India said Wednesday that it is in “diplomatic dialogue” with the Nigerian High Commission and is awaiting a probe report into the October 31 death of a Nigerian, Obinna Simone, in Goa.
It also arrested one Surendra Paul, yesterday, from Chapora, a village known as a haven for drug traffickers, located 30km from Panaji. Police suspect Paul was one of the six attackers involved in killing Obinna Simone.
India’s External affairs ministry spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin, discounted any tension with Abuja over the death and the clash between Nigerians and the police that followed in Goa.
”We are in diplomatic dialogue with them, we have explained to them the circumstances and the situation,” the spokesperson said, at a briefing in New Delhi.
He said the Nigerian High Commission is “concerned and anguished” and has requested for a thorough probe into the “death and consequent issues that flowed from that.”
The Nigerian High Commission is also in touch with the Goa Chief Secretary who has assured he will “get to the bottom” of the matter and provide a report in 48 hours.