Days after four Nigerian students were allegedly beaten up by a mob at a mall in Greater Noida, Nigeria has asked the Indian government to ensure immediate arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the attack on its nationals.
Indian ambassador to Nigeria B Nagabhushana Reddy was summoned by the Nigerian government to discuss the issue with him and share its concerns with the Indian government.
According to News Agency of Nigeria, Olushola Enikanolaiye, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nigeria, spoke to the Indian ambassador in that country.
The Nigerian official asked for action against the offenders and called it necessary to prevent similar incidents in future.
"It is a concern to us that Nigerian students in that place were harassed, beaten up and many of them were seriously injured," Olushola Enikanolaiye is said to have told the Indian ambassador.
The Nigerian official said this was not the first time that people of his country were attacked in India. "Nigerians have suffered similar attack in the past," Olushola Enikanolaiye was d as saying.
"We think this should not have happened considering the excellent relationship between two of us--the two countries have things in common and have been great friends," the Nigerian official said.
The Indian ambassador to Nigeria called the incident deplorable and said Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has issued a statement condemning the incident.