Indian High Commission in Nigeria Vows Sanctions Over Alleged Discrimination at Lagos School

The Indian High Commission in Nigeria has pledged to take disciplinary action against workers at the Indian Language School in Ilupeju, Lagos, following reports of discriminatory practices. The commission expressed shock over an incident where a correspondent from The PUNCH was denied access to the school premises for inquiries.

The incident unfolded after online reports suggested that the school was restricting admission to Nigerians. Upon investigation, The PUNCH correspondent was turned away by security officials who claimed they were acting on instructions from a receptionist. Despite explaining the purpose of the visit, the correspondent was informed that only individuals with Indian nationality would be attended to.

The Indian High Commission responded promptly to inquiries, with the press officer, Vipul Mesariya, expressing dismay at the treatment of the reporter. Mesariya assured that the commission would take appropriate action against the security guard and receptionist involved in the incident.

In a related development, the owner of an Abuja-based Chinese retail shop, Liu Bei, addressed allegations of discrimination after her store was accused of barring Nigerians. Bei clarified that her establishment primarily serves the local community and does not discriminate based on nationality. She emphasized her store’s commitment to inclusivity and expressed regret over any misunderstanding.

Bei’s response comes in the wake of a summons notice and threat of sanctions by the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, which had sealed her store pending further investigation.


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