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Nigerian murdered in India over argument about Biafra



A 33 year old man, N. Chigozie has been killed as a result of disagreement over the quest for  Biafra by some Nigerians in India

The remains of Chigozie, a resident of Hennur, was discovered close to the railway gate in his vicinity, northeast Bengaluru, at 2am on Monday, News Agency of Nigeria reported.

His motorcycle was said to have spun off the road.

While the corpse of Chigozie has been transferred to Ambedkar hospital for autopsy, Indian police in Bengaluru are already investigating the death.

Kothanur police registered the murder case based on his brother’s statement, Times of Inda reported.

The police said “It seems to be an accidental death. Preliminary evidence shows Chigozie, who was speeding on his bike, crashed into a iron railing and died of head injuries. He was not wearing a helmet. But his younger brother Nieskho claims he was murdered”.

The police added that late Chigozie along with Nieskho and four other Nigerians partied at African Kitchen restaurant at Byrathi near Hennur.

“The six revellers quarrelled over sharing food and assaulted each other. Nieskho went to a nearby hospital to treat his injuries and Chigozie followed him on bike. While returning from the hospital, Chigozie died” police said.

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However, in a different account recounted by Bangalore Mirror, Chigozie’s brother, whose name disclosed as Nanso, claimed his brother was murdered after an argument with other friends over Biafra.

The Bangalore Mirror report reads: “A 33-year-old man from Nigeria was found dead under mysterious circumstances near Geddalahalli on Hennur Road in the early hours of Monday.

“The brother of the victim, identified as Chigozie, said he may have been murdered. Chigozie was found dead near the Railway bridge at Geddalahalli.

“The victim, who came to India on a student visa, was doing some business in the city, according to police. The victim, along with his brother Nanso, is said to have partied with a group of friends at a house in Byrathi.

“During the party, it is alleged that the brothers and their friends had an argument over a political development in their country. Police said both the brothers were allegedly beaten up.

“Nanso, who had come in his car, drove to a nearby private hospital and is said to have taken treatment. Chigozie, who was returning home on his bike, was found dead near the railway bridge. ‘Nanso suspects that his brother could have been killed. However prima facie evidence suggests that the death could also be due to an accident. The victim could have skidded and fell from the bike while riding home. It was raining heavily. But a murder case has been registered based on his brother’s complaint and investigations are on,’ S Girish, DCP (North East) told BM.

“The Kothanur police, investigating the case, said the group of friends who were partying were discussing about the political turmoil back home over the formation of a separate state in Nigeria(Biafra)

The discussion led to assault and the brothers were badly beaten up.”

Chigozie was in India on education grounds as he was reported to have travelled with student Visa.

Ibukun Josephine Bankole was a Senior Associate at Naija News. A Mass Communication graduate, Ibukun is passionate about journalism especially in the areas of health and child related issues. She loves eating beans, singing, acting and giving motivational speeches. Ibukun is meticulous and has a positive approach to life. Contact me via twitter/Instagram @ibukunbankole_