Eight Nigerians have been arrested by the Indian Police authorities for alleged involvement in a murder case and drug dealing.
While six of them, Eze Christopher Oba, Ahukanna Chinonso, Obi Francis Osita, Okoro Kelvin Chidozie, Emmanuel Agbeyi and Osagiede Godstime, were arrested for murder in Mumbai, the two others, Ifeanyi Charles Okuakaj and Emmanuel Enuma Dike, were apprehended for drug dealing in the city of Guwahati, Assam State.
A statement by the Meghalaya Police, indicated that the six were arrested on May 6 in the Ri-Bhoi district of Lad Umsaw, in the northeastern state of Meghalaya, after they had been declared wanted by the police, in a case registered with Waliv Police Station under sections 302/364/201/323/143/147/149 of the Indian Penal Code.
In the statement, the six men allegedly attempted fleeing to Bangladesh, via Dawki in the West Jaintia Hills district during the period they had been declared wanted by the Indian police.
In its official Tweeter’s Handle, the Meghalaya Police: wrote: “Yet another successful Inter-State Police coordination! After being alerted by @MumbaiPolice about the movement of some Nigerian Nationals wanted for a murder case in Mumbai, an operation was launched & 6 Nigerian Nationals were apprehended at Lad Umsaw, Ri-Bhoi.
“It is learnt that the following Nigerian nationals after committing the offence in Mumbai were intending to flee India to Bangladesh through Dawki India.
“The arrest of Okuakaj and Dike was aftermaths of an investigation by the Guwahati Police into an international drug trafficking racket which unearthed clues about drug shipment routes to Assam from neighbouring Indian states and countries.
“Okuakaj and Dike were apprehended at the Guwahati Railway Station while travelling by the Dibrugarh-bound Rajdhani Express.
The two men were found with 20 grammes of cocaine, Aadhar cards and PAN cards registered to an address in Delhi. Investigation revealed that they entered India from Bangladesh through the Dawki border in Meghalaya. They came to Guwahati and then Delhi, before returning to Guwahati with a plan to return to Bangladesh.
“With their arrest, presence of a cartel smuggling cocaine to Guwahati and other states of the Northeast from Guwahati has been uncovered.”