INDIA “We Will Deport Nigerian Nationals Involved In Drugs Cases. Nigerians involved in drugs cases will be deported: K’taka HM Home Minister G Parameshwara said Nigerian nationals extend their stay even after the expiry of their visas, because of cases pending against them.
The Karnataka government is mulling deportation of Nigerian nationals involved in drugs cases, state Home Minister G Parameshwara said on Thursday. “We are planning to deport the Nigerian nationals involved in drugs cases from various parts of Karnataka to their country,” he said in the state Legislative Council.
Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara “The Nigerian nationals extend their stay even after the expiry of their visas, because of cases pending against them. Therefore, we are planning to facilitate their deportation,”
Parameshwara said while replying to BJP’s V Somanna. He also said the government has sent circulars to colleges giving admissions to foreign nationals asking them to verify their credentials.
“We have directed the colleges to furnish the details of the students to the respective police stations and verify their credentials before admitting them,” he added. The Home Minister said 23 drugs-related cases have been filed against Nigerian nationals in the state since 2015, while 31 persons have been arrested.
There have been 26 drug busts near educational institutes so far. Home minister G Parameshwara confirmed to Council on Thursday
It’s an open secret: drugs are available around many schools and colleges in Bengaluru. But the police and the government have been loathe to act against it.On Thursday, the state government took the first step by accepting that drug abuse around educational institutions in and around Bengaluru is rampant.
Home minister G Parameshwara told the legislative council that the government had booked 26 cases in the last three years. While the police booked eight cases of drug abuse around schools and colleges in 2015, the numbers shot up to 14 in 2016. And with just three months into 2017, the police have already booked four cases of drug abuse, arresting 10 drug-peddlers.Drawing attention of the state government to the dangerous trend, BJP MLC V Somanna questioned, “In recent times, drugs like marijuana and other narcotics are easily available to students around schools and colleges; and what action has been taken against such peddlers?”
Acknowledging that it was a problem, Parameshwara said the police department has cracked down on such peddlers and booked several cases. “Since 2015 we have registered 26 cases and arrested 69 peddlers red-handed,” he said.Expressing shock over the sudden spurt in drug abuse cases, Parameshwara said, “Even when we were pursuing college education there were incidents of drug abuse. But what we see today is something alarming and government is committed to crack down on such peddlers.”
While many MLCs alleged the role of dubious Nigerian gangs behind the trend, the government for the first time accepted that more than any other African nationals, Nigerian gangsters were at the root of these incidents. In fact, he tabled statistics of Nigerian gangsters involved in drug-peddling, revealing a total of 31 such gangsters.
Although it is common for many to target foreign nationals for being responsible for drug abuse cases, this is for the first time that the state government has officially come on record about the involvement of Nigerian gangsters in large numbers.Accepting that Nigerians involved in these crimes have become a nemesis of making Bengaluru a vibrant city, Parameshwara said the government is thinking of adopting the Goan model (of deportation) to tackle the gangsters.
Haunted by similar trends for several years, neighbouring Goa succeeded in evolving a proper method to overcome obstacles to deport Nigerians from Indian soil. “Goa decided to withdraw all cases against Nigerian gangsters as soon as they were identified for deportation.We too are studying the model, and if it appears to be feasible, then we will replicate it,” the minister said. Withdrawing cases ensures that such indivisuals can be sent back, as their presence is mandatory if a case is registered.
Sources in the home department revealed that over the years, involvement of Nigerian gangsters had only increased and the government has identified various police station limits where they have been operating more actively.
Convinced of business opportunities in drug and other criminal and underworld activities in India, several Nigerian gangsters are said to have been shielded by the law of the land for years, thus evading being part of the deportation process.
“The moment they realise they will be deported to their countries, they deliberately make an attempt to get caught in some petty offences to ensure a case is registered against them. Until those cases are resolved here it is legally impossible for us to deport them,” Parameshwara explained.
What is even more worrying for the government is the lack of documentation about identities of Nigerian nationals. (The police are still trying to establish the identity of the Nigerian Ifeanyi Madu who died during a police chase on Kothanur-Avalahalli Road a few days ago). He died when our police personnel chased them as he was found selling packets of Marijuana (Ganja).
“Nobody knows whether he was high on narcotics or drunk. But he died when our police personnel chased them as he was found selling packets of Marijuana (Ganja). He is said to be Ifeanyi Madu. But there is neither any document to prove his identity nor does their association have any details about him. This is only an example, and there have been several such cases,” Parameshwara revealed to the house.
The minister also recalled the infamous incident of a Nigerian couple who had drugged several schoolchildren in Jayanagar limits through their kids. Acknowledging lapses on several fronts.
Parameshwara said, “Government cannot alone be made responsible although we have been cracking down on such illegal activities. These (foreign) nationals come to Bengaluru as students, and colleges too have failed to verify the background of these (foreign) nationals, adding to the problem. We have no control over the distribution or revision of their visas as it comes under the purview of MEA (ministry of external affairs). However, we have begun processes to deport these gangsters.”
Home department data in the legislative council revealed that of the 26 persons nabbed in drug trafficking cases including Nigerian gangsters, except in one case, culprits in all the rest of the cases were found roaming on streets of Bengaluru.
Expressing anger over such a trend, Congress MLC Ugrappa said, “Most of these gangsters have obtained bail and back to doing the same business. Only one person has been handed over in judicial custody; why can’t the government book them under the Goonda Act and make them languish in the jails?.”