By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA—THE House of Representatives, yesterday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately address the incessant arrests and brutality meted out on Nigerians studying in India.
It also urged the Nigerian High Commission in India to explore diplomatic channels in ensuring that those arrested were released appropriately or on bail, while investigation continues.
The House equally resolved to send a delegation to the country to ascertain the condition, state of health and mental well-being of the arrested students.
Members of the House reached the decision after adopting a motion captioned “Need to Investigate the Incessant Arrests, Brutality and Malicious Prosecution of Nigerian Students by Indian Police Authorities,” sponsored by Fredrick Agbedi.
While moving the motion, Agbedi recalled that some Nigerian students, including Chidiebube Chukwuma, Priscilla Sunday and one Shola, were arrested and manhandled by the Indian Police on December 30, 2017 at Yapralin Telangana State, without recourse to diplomatic ties.
Adopting the motion, the House mandated its Committee on Foreign Affairs to, in two weeks, investigate the immediate and remote causes of the police brutality, arrests and prosecution of Nigerian students.