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“Our lives are in danger” – BellaNaijarian Student in India Cries Out over Attack on Africans



A car vandalised during the attack. Photo Credit: Hindustan Times

Four Nigerian students were on Monday mobbed by Indian locals in Greater Nodia, in the Northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Authorities have said that some arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.

A Nigerian student in the area has shared details of why the attack was carried out and what they are currently facing.


Dear Bella,
I am a student of Sharda University in Greater Noida India.

•On Saturday March 25th 2017, An Indian teenager of class 12 was reported dead due to cardiac arrest caused by drug overdose.

• His parents began to suspect that his Nigerian friends are the people who supplied the drugs to him.

• His Family reported to the police officers about the current situation. The police later picked up the 5 Nigerian students for questioning. After further investigations, no evidence were found to link the students to the incident, so they were released.

• On Monday 27th March 2017. In the evening, A Nigerian student from Benin went to Ansal plaza in Greater Noida India to Purchase something. On getting there he was attacked by over 200 Indians and was beaten seriously with all sorts of things. And this happened In a MALL! Was there no security???? It was really BRUTAL! He was later rescued by the police and taken to the hospital.

• Later that evening a Person from Eastern Nigeria (Igbo) was attacked in his car, by breaking of his car glass in other to penetrate and he was beaten seriously and injured.

• Ever since this incident, the African Union of India has instructed all Africans to remain indoor till further notice.
1 We are unable to go to school for lectures.
2 We are unable to buy food stuffs.
We have been indoors for the past 2 days with the fear of losing our lives. It’s totally unbearable. We are only hoping on GOD. Our lives are in danger.


  1. Ijs

    March 30, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Sorry. Its well. Africans are not acceptable anywhere. Build your own institutions. No. But u want to go to other places and misbehave. In China, Igbo and Benin boys are the ones selling drugs. Stereotyping is bad but how can they not??

    • Mama

      March 30, 2017 at 6:54 am

      People like you are the reason why some of these things will continue to happen. Just hear yourself. Did you read where it says they were investigated by the police and there was no evidence of drugs found against them? Even if there was, does it justify jungle justice? Should we also go about attacking all Indians in Nigeria because some Indians and Chinese manufacture fake products (including drugs) that kill people? Please, speak with empathy and sense.

    • Sankawale

      March 30, 2017 at 7:09 am

      Stop protecting and defending these Bandits!

    • Mama

      March 30, 2017 at 9:22 am

      What are you even saying, so the ones being attacked right now, trying to go about their lawful business are they the bandits? Should citizens now be judge and jurors of drug peddlers? Isn’t that the work of the law enforcement. Have I said that the police shouldn’t arrest the culprits if found guilty? Your comments are insensitive and offensive to the plight of these young people who now have to live in fear, and I would hazard a guess to say you’re a non Nigerian so you think it is justified because you have a grievance with Nigerians.

    • betty

      March 30, 2017 at 8:27 am

      IJS is right. even though it is incorrect to stereotype how can they not? Everywhere you go there are too many igbo boys selling drugs. insult me if you like but this is a fact (not to say that other tribes don”t do it as well, or that igbo men are not doing legal businesses) but a large number are doing that.

      When you introduce yourself as a Nigerian that’s the first thing that comes to mind. its unfortunate because innocent law abiding Nigerians are being affected and hurt.

      Thing is drug trafficking will not stop, its too much of a lucrative business and traffickers have foreign officials in their pockets too.

    • PH Boy

      March 30, 2017 at 11:12 am

      No matter how much effort is put into uniting this country, dumb folks like you come along with very saddening display of very shallow reasoning.
      Comments like yours are what causes divides amongst us and I implore everybody reading this to refuse to be a part of it. This is no one alive without a stain..…you inclusive!
      I believe it will fair for me to pray God to treat you the same way you stereotype folks here.

    • comment

      March 30, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Ijs you mean Africans are not “accepted” anywhere not acceptable. You see why people go abroad to school?
      You’re right we need to build our institutions. Our local products are below standard.

    • Truth hurts

      April 3, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Nigerians are causing trouble everywhere even on their soil. Buhari refuse to acknowledge, respect his people yet they expect other people to treat them with uttermost respect. Respect yourselves first, it’s reciprocal.
      Other African countries are not targeted the way Naijas are. Time for some self reflection and introspection.
      Naijas have it in their head, it’s hatred and jealousy. No, it’s not. Only you people waka come.
      No other country will take any nonsense that’s allowed in naija. Just like how naijas won’t take any nonsense from any group in their homeland.

  2. Mama

    March 30, 2017 at 6:23 am

    This is a pathetic situation. I hope the Nigerian authorities will not just fold their hands and watch. They need to safeguard the lives of these students or get them out of there, if it becomes necessary.

    I don’t know why people think they can take the law into their hands based on mere allegations nit even facts. The worse part is reading the comments of some Indians on this issue, you’d clearly see that they are unrepentant and believe the attacks are justified.

    Please, stay indoor until it is safe. God keep you.

    • Sankawale

      March 30, 2017 at 7:11 am

      U have the plausible denniabilty of a Enslaving Muslim Arab Terrorist! God will Judge.

    • honey omo lekki

      March 30, 2017 at 9:06 am

      What message are you trying to pass?

  3. [email protected]

    March 30, 2017 at 7:14 am

    If only nigeria will upgrade. Nigerians prefer to take insults and beatings in other peoples country than join hands together and fight to save their country’.the man dies in him who keeps silent in the face of tyranny’ I never saw an indian in my school before graduating.I pray the issue is resolved so you can go back to school.

  4. john

    March 30, 2017 at 7:17 am

    what I still dont get is people going to india to go and studybof all places..I will rather go to trinadad and tobago

    • betty

      March 30, 2017 at 8:29 am

      right. India of all places. These attacks are not new so why go there and risk your life all because of hustle.
      please try hustle elsewhere and stay alive

    • FasholasLover

      March 30, 2017 at 9:22 am

      I don’t get it either. India of all places. Those folks do not like black people. They belueve they are inferior to white peopke but superior to blacks. Nigerian parents, stop playing Russian roulette with ur children’s lives all in d name of foreign education. If u must, send them to where their is some modicum of respect for human life.

    • Omoge

      March 30, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      Foreign education….whats so funny is that Indians do anything and everything to get out of India to live a better life and here Nigerians are going there of all places…then they will say they schooled abroad. No o, India and the likes do not count.

    • Because of IT

      March 30, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Indian have one of the best IT and computer Science institutions in the world.

  5. Darius

    March 30, 2017 at 8:06 am

    As expected our dumb ass President is yet to issue a statement or summon the curry-smelling Indian ambassador. But if a terrorist had struck India, he would’ve been among the first African leaders to express his condolences. This man doesn’t care about the people he governs. How many times have we heard that an Indian brutalized or raped his Nigerian maid in NAIJA? We didn’t attack or kill any Indian oh! I wonder who is advising Buhari! If he doesn’t care about Nigerians, can he at least pretend?

  6. Me

    March 30, 2017 at 9:29 am

    See Nigerians in denial. Long hiss!
    MOST Nigerian young men abroad are into shady activities. It’s not even about being tribalistic. Igbos especially have ruined the image of Nigerians abroad. If you like, stay there in denial and be deceiving yourselves. Why is it the same Igbos in SA that are being attacked? It’s a also ‘racism’ abi?. The govt needs to stop giving certain people passports.

    • AceOfSpades

      March 30, 2017 at 11:10 am

      I am Yoruba but you just spewed nonsense. Was it Igbo that tried to blow up a plane thereby giving Nigeria a bad name and spot light? Or was the guy that killed a policeman in broad day light in UK Igbo? We hear cases of Alhaji’s and Alhajas who smuggle drugs into Saudi Arabia and got caught, were they Igbos?

      Crime does not have a tribe. I met a white lady telling me Igbos do drugs, Yorubas do fraud and Hausas are terrorists and guess who told her? A Nigerian. You think you are uplifting your tribe by bringing other tribes down but you are just giving yourself a bad name because the news won’t say Igbo man caught with drugs or Yoruba man defrauds white man…..they will call you by your nationality. Nigerian man fraudulently blah blah blah and Nigerian man caught with 2 tons of cocaine. You’ll be happy then

    • Francis

      March 30, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      The truth is that Igbos do most of the Nigerian image tarnishing going on from china to india to australia and so on. From drugs to fraud to smuggling just to name a few. Their greed and insatiable desire for quick money is putting nigerians lives at risk all over the world as you can see in India currently. The truth is bitter!

    • Huh

      March 30, 2017 at 11:15 am

      Most Nigerians?

  7. ae111

    March 30, 2017 at 10:20 am

    @Me. there is something seriously wrong with you. If a Nigerian talks like this, no wonder we are being disrespected everywhere. They should go ahead and attack Hausas everywhere because they are terrorists and Yorubas because of i=internet fraud..the list goes on…and does that make it right? Indians are here doing selling us expired products , maltreating Nigerian staff and involved in all kinds of crimes so is the Chinese & Lebanese, but you dont see us burning down their businesses. The problem here is as Nigerians we are all at risk everywhere because we have a government that doesn’t stand for its own. How can our government stay silent and not even issue a statement – truly sad! Its India today, tomorrow it would be another country…

    • Vibe

      March 30, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Keep changing names and Email. Anu.

  8. DATruth

    March 30, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Everywhere you go; Italy, South Africa, Malta, China, Malaysia, Australia, Germany and now India you hear the locals are fed up and want Nigerians to leave. The people are simply fed up of your fraudulent lifestyles. Time to check ourselves and our evil lust for show off and quick money. To the drug pushers, prostitutes, 419ners, smugglers, yahoo boys, this is your fault.

  9. manish singh rana

    March 30, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Hi All my african friends

    I Condemn all the happenings which is occurring in India,but trust me we love everyone,caste,religion Country doesn’t matter.Its just some people who thinks they can take law and order in there hands are doing this but rest assure our government will testify them accoridng to the law.

    Everyone is welcome with open hands in India..Love u all..Really sad to see this happening in noida where i have lived for many years in great peace and harmony.

  10. Victor Adegoke

    March 30, 2017 at 10:44 am

    It is true that some Nigerians go abroad and mess up,but is it all Nigerians? Must we support Racism and Xenophobia. It happened in South Africa and now India.

  11. Keeks

    March 30, 2017 at 11:08 am

    You are just a disgusting person…i normally don’t comment but reading your comment riled me.if someone chooses to further their education abroad and can afford it,What is the issue..go and meet your elected leaders to build institutions….is she the one holding you..anu

  12. Lols

    March 30, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    You are normally supposed to be able to study anywhere in the world , I remember foreign exchange students in UI and even unilag so that’s not the issue, even Americans study abroad!!!
    What I find appalling is that WE ALL can’t agree to condemn the crime but we condemn the “tribe”. Nobody will take us serious when we don’t stop this kind of behavior. What the Indians did was wrong! FINISH

  13. Cocolette

    March 30, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I’m appalled at the comments on this post! Young students have their lives in danger and all some morons can think about is tribalistic banter! One Nigeria is a farce that can never come to reality. And I’m shocked that these type of comments have become an everyday thing on BN.

    • funmilola

      March 30, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      the matter tire me ooo!
      I’m soooo tired of explaining to educated folks when it comes to pointing fingers at specific tribes for wrongdoings. now I just look and concluded you’re biased and judgemental and not well exposed.
      see how the matter just moved from the cruel acts of the Indians in this matter to our Igbo folks

  14. What dd Pharaoh go and do 2 dis pple

    March 30, 2017 at 3:07 pm


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