A Nigerian man who claimed Biafran Nationality has been arrested in Goa and detained in Mapusa, India.
Goa police arrested the man on the southwestern coast of India and detained him in Mapusa.
In another part of the city, another Nigerian was arrested for possession of drugs.
According to the Times Of India, the police didn’t find any drug on the ‘Biafran’. He was however arrested and detained because he has no valid means of identification, no Biafran passport.
Biafra, officially the Republic of Biafra, was a state in West Africa that existed from May 1967 to January 1970. It was made up of the states in the Eastern Region of Nigeria. Biafra’s declaration of independence from Nigeria resulted in a civil war between Biafra and Nigeria – Wikipedia
For so many years now, the Indigenous People of Biafra have been agitating for Independence and International recognition as a self-reliant and sovereign nation.
The second Nigerian arrested was suspected to be a drug dealer. Like the first Nigerian, he too didn’t have valid documents to identify himself.
The story has it that he was busted with over 100g of Indian Hemp and about 8g of a substance suspected to be cocaine. When interrogated to reveal his residence, he refused.
The arrest of Nigerians in India isn’t a new development. In April 2020, Calangute police arrested a Nigerian for allegedly possessing narcotics substances worth Rs. 1.2 Lakh, equivalent to over 600,000 Naira.
A police team was on a routine patrol near Vidhya Niketan school, Naikawaddo, when they intercepted the 31-year-old Nigerian riding a two-wheeler. During a search of the scooter, the man was found to be in illegal possession of cocaine and LSD papers worth Rs 80,000 and Rs 40,000 respectively.
A similar arrest happened in August 2018 when two Nigerians were arrested with drugs valued at Rs 5 Crore in Gurugram.
According to the NDTV website, they were arrested in the International market and about 1.3 kg of heroin was seized from them.