Statement by 3 Nigerians speaks of harsh treatment

Taking cognisance of the recorded statement made by the three Nigerians in judicial custody at Aguada Central Jail here, the Goa State Human Rights Commission on Tuesday directed that their complaint be registered.

The GHSRC order came in the wake of GSHRC secretary Bhalchandra Mahale’s submission of the statement.

In his two-page statement, Nigerian national Anane Innocent (39), inter alia, stated that the complaint was made on behalf of all Nigerians detained by the Goa government and who have received harsh treatment from State authorities, police and local goondas — specifically in connection with the murder of a Nigerian October 30 at Parra village.

The recorded statement was also signed by two other Nigerians, Olcoro Ndidi and Sunday Onye Lucky. It stated that they had no complaints about the authorities of the Aguada Central jail and that “they have been treating us properly”.

‘Justice and security’

“My request from the Goa Human Rights Commission is to help us Nigerians generally with our problems in Goa and other States. Related to this case, we want the Goa Human Rights Commission to remove us out from Aguada jail, fight the case for us with the authorities concerned and give us justice and security in India,” said Anane Innocent. The three Nigerians in custody had gone on hunger strike from Thursday seeking that the GSHRC visit them in jail and lend them an ear. They gave up their hunger strike on Friday after the Commission agreed to record their statements.

In the recorded statement, Anane Innocent said he was arrested in the case of rioting registered at Porvorim police station on October 31, “where I was not present at all and hence not involved in the case”.

He then said that in 2009-10 too, he was attacked and injured in Anjuna by some foreigners and locals. An NC was recorded at the Anjuna police station — against his attackers, including Tachi Alvero, Italian national, some Indians and family members of the Italian national — but no arrests were made. The complaint he then filed before the High Court was still pending, he said.

The three signatories of the recorded statement are among the 52 Nigerians presently in judicial custody following their involvement in a riot and clash with the police on a national highway in north Goa as after the October 30 killing of a Nigerian. Of these, 26 Nigerians are in Aguada Central Jail while 26 are in Sada Jail in south Goa’s Vasco.

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