Shillong: Six Nigerian nationals who were absconding were arrested by the Meghalaya Police on May 6 in the Ri-Bhoi district. The police were on the hunt for them as they are wanted in a murder case in Mumbai.
An official said that all the six accused were allegedly planning to flee to Bangladesh via Dawki in the West Jaintia Hills district but their attempt to vanish went in vain as Meghalaya police arrested them in Lad Umsaw.
A search operation was initiated by the state police after they received information about their movement and the wanted Nigerian nationals were detained while they were travelling on tourist sumo.
The arrested Nigerian nationals have been identified as Eze Christopher Oba, Ahukanna Chinonso, Obi Francis Osita, Okoro Kelvin Chidozie, Emmanuel Agbeyi and Osagiede Godstime.
All of them are wanted by Mumbai police in connection with a case registered with Waliv Police Station under sections 302/364/201/323/143/147/149 of the Indian Penal Code.
Earlier, the Guwahati police busting an international drug trafficking racket had unearthed a few vital clues in drug transit to Assam from the neighbouring states and nations.
The police arrested two Nigerians –Ifeanyi Charles Okuakaj and Emmanuel Enuma Dike – from the Guwahati Railway Station. The police also seized 20 gm of cocaine from the duo. The two were travelling by the Dibrugarh-bound Rajdhani Express when arrested.
The police said that the arrest of the Nigerian duo proved the presence of a 'cartel smuggling cocaine to Guwahati and other states of the Northeast from Guwahati'.
Although the two Nigerians did not have valid visas, they had Aadhar cards and PAN cards registered to an address in Delhi. The Nigerians entered India from Bangladesh through the Dawki border in Meghalaya. They came to Guwahati and then went to Delhi. They returned to Guwahati with a plan to go back to Bangladesh.