City police have categorically stated the death of Nigerian national Ifeayni Madu was due to an accident, the African community is reluctant to believe it. The community have been demanding  an enquiry into the same and are claiming that the police were somehow responsible for his death. 

 

While earlier not much could be known about the dead Nigerian national, police were trying to verify Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) records to officially confirm the identity of the deceased man.

 

The African community, meanwhile have taken  the issue up with the Nigerian embassy even and now rumours are circulating on social media that Madu’s dead body bore injury marks etc. No one, however, has come forward to establish any identity or relationship with Madu.

 

Siddalingappa, ACP, Woman and Narcotics cell, Central Crime Branch said, “None of his friends or relatives have come to claim or identify his body  which is in the Lady Curzon Bowring Hospital. During our investigation, we have not got any of his documents like passport or visa or college ID as such. We suspect that he has entered the city as an illegal immigrant.”

 

He further added that it is suspected that he must have taken student or business visa to enter places like Mumbai and Delhi and he must have fled to Bengaluru. “We had got information about the drug peddling in areas like Banaswadi, Kammanahalli, Kothanur and other areas. Madu was not our target. But seeing our vehicles, Madu, who was pillion and the rider panicked and started speeding away, which led the police to suspect that there was something fishy.”

 

As a  result of the chase, the scooter skidded throwing Madu and the rider off the vehicle. While Madu suffered the most of the injury, the rider is said to have escaped. Police are on the lookout for the suspect. “We are trying to analyse the CCTV footages from the surrounding areas so that we can trace another person who escaped,” he said. The person who has been absconding has been booked under IPC section 304A and 279.

 

The police also added that there is no co-operation from the African associations or students to investigate this issue. They are only alleging that it was police’s fault on social websites.

 

Elvis, another African National said, "Madu had come to India to do business and he was into the garments business. We have informed his family but there is no reply from them."