A 33-year-old Nigerian man was found dead under mysterious circumstances near Geddalahalli on Hennur Road in India in the early hours of Monday, with reports saying that he may have been killed by some Nigerians over there as a result of a disagreement over the quest for Biafra.
The brother of the victim, identified as N. Chigozie, said he may have been murdered as his body was found dead near the Railway bridge at Geddalahalli, with head injuries around 2am while his motorcycle had skidded off the road.
It is understood that the 33-year-old man came to India with a student visa, while Indian police in Bengaluru are already probing his death.
His body has been shifted to Ambedkar hospital for autopsy. While Kothanur police, based on his brother’s statement, have registered a murder case, reports the Times of India.
“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,” police said.
“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 added.
However, BangaloreMirror reports that on Sunday evening, the victim, along with his brother Nanso, 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 political developments in their country including Biafra. Police said both the brothers were allegedly beaten up.
The newspaper continued:
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. The discussion led to assault and the brothers were badly beaten up.