Nigerian Killed In Goa State Of India Buried In Imo

Obodo's corpse after he was killed in Goa, India
Obodo’s corpse after he was killed in Goa, India

The 35-year-old Nigerian, who was at the middle of a diplomatic kerfuffle between India and Nigeria after being killed in Goa, India, on October 30 has been buried in his hometown in Obogwe-Umunwaku in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.

A representative of his family, Ejike Esinkoye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview yesterday, that the funeral service for Simeon Obodo was held at St Paul’s Catholic Church, Obogwe-Umunwaku and expressed dismay that the federal government did not send any official delegation to the burial.

He also said that the family had not received any compensation or assistance from India.

Obodo was murdered during a violent clash in the Indian village, prompting some 200 Nigerians in India to protest by blocking a national highway and clashing with locals and police in the area.

Fifty-three of the protesting Nigerians were arrested and later released, after paying undisclosed sums of money to secure their release.

The Director, Consular and Immigration Services at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdulazeez Dankano, had on December 16, said the diplomatic rift between both countries that Obodo’s murder caused was now “under control”.

Dankano was part of a federal government delegation that visited New Delhi in early December to conclude negotiations on three agreements affecting the welfare of Nigerians in that country.

He said the Indian government had made some arrests in connection with Obodo’s murder but did not say whether the suspects had been charged.

Late Obodo was born on November 1, 1977. He attended Umunwaku Primary School in Ohaji/Egbema and Umunwaku Secondary School from 1992 to 1998.

He was said to have left Nigeria for India on January 9, before his death on November 30, few days to his 36th birthday.

Obodo left behind an aged mother, a daughter and a wife.

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