Goa minister Dayanand Mandrekar apologises for calling Nigerians a ‘cancer’

It's my mistake to make such statement. I apologise,Mandrekar told reporters.

Written by PTI | Panaji | Updated: March 12, 2014 3:31:52 pm

Goa’s Art and Culture Minister Dayanand Mandrekar on Thursday apologised for his description of Nigerians as a “cancer”.

“It’s my mistake to make such statement. I apologise,” Mandrekar told reporters here.

However,the minister said what Nigerians did in Goa is also wrong.

After last week’s murder of a Nigerian in Mapusa,a goup of 200 Nigerians had blocked a major high way in the state and clashed with the police and locals.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar then ordered the police and officials to identify Nigerians who are illegal residents of the state and said they must be deported.

I never imagined that there would be such a problem due to my statement,” Mandrekar said.

Talking to PTI on Sunday,the minister had called Nigerians a “cancer” and their actions as detrimental to the tourism industry.

Voicing serious concern over the incident as also the security of its nationals,Nigeria had earlier issued a note verbale to India.

The Centre yesterday said it was in “diplomatic dialogue” with Nigeria after that country raised the killing of one of its nationals in Goa and noted that it was expecting a report from the state government in the matter.

The state police had also arrested a Goan youth in connection with the killing of the Nigerian national on October 31 which sparked protests by his fellowmen.

The special investigation squad arrested Surendra Pal on Tuesday night in connection with the killing of Obodo Uzoma Simeon from Chapora,a beachside village in north Goa.

Parrikar had earlier claimed the murder as a drug-related crime.

After last week’s murder of a Nigerian in Mapusa,a group of 200 Nigerians had blocked a major highway in the state and clashed with the police and locals.

Parrikar then ordered the police and officials to identify Nigerians who are illegal residents of the state and said they must be deported.

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