52 Nigerians arrested with 14-day custody

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 01 November 2013 20:35 IST

Almost 52 Nigerians have been remanded to judicial custody at Aguada jail, after Mapusa police arrested them for creating ruckus on the road yesterday in protest of a murder of one of their colleagues.

The police however have still not been able to arrest a single person in the case of a murder of a Nigerian, whose identity is yet to be established fully.

Mapusa police had yesterday detained around 50 Nigerians after they blocked the National Highway at Porvorim creating traffic jam and pulling out dead body of their Nigerian colleague while also smashing a police van.

The incident created a state-wide furor against hefty and rude Nigerians with protests coming from all the corners.

The police today formally arrested them and produced before the Mapusa JMFC, after which they were remanded to 14-day police custody.

Accordingly, they were sent to Aguada jail.

The police had arrested 26 Nigerians yesterday while 26 more were arrested today.

The police also confiscated 27 two wheelers, which they had taken on rent.

Though police says most of the Nigerians are involved in drug trade, none of the arrested however have been charged with narcotic-related offence.

The charges against them include attempt to murder, rioting, attacking public servants (police) on duty, destruction of public property and blocking National Highway.

Meanwhile, the police are still trying to identify the Nigerian, supposedly Obina Poul Obirace, who was killed on Wednesday night.

Initially, his name was told as Obodo Simon while some said his name is Richard.

The police have also not found a single document in the rented room he was living to establish his identity. 

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