Nigerian dies, police suspect case of ‘overdose’




Anjuna police have registered an unnatural death case as a Nigerian national, who was undergoing treatment at a private hospital, died on Saturday. Police suspect drug overdose as the cause of death. The deceased was identified as Michael Nzube, aged 33.

Anjuna police informed that on Thursday early morning at Arpora, a taxi driver stopped his vehicle for help near a restaurant as the Nigerian who was in the car started behaving aggressively.  The restaurant staff informed the Anjuna police about it and on seeing police, the Nigerian turned violent and assaulted the owner of the restaurant and one of the staff and also damaged a taxi.

Later the police with the help of staff of the restaurant managed to take control of Nzube and got him shifted to a private hospital.

Police said that the taxi driver said that Nigerian might have had consumed drugs due to which he was behaving violently.

Meanwhile, Sandesh Pilankar, 33, a resident of Arpora has lodged a complaint against Nzube for assaulting, abusing and threatening him and his staff and damaging taxi. In this connection, an offence under sections 326, 504, 506(ii), 427 of Indian Penal Code has been registered.

The private hospital informed the police about the death of Nzube and suspected cause of death to be overdose.

Police sources informed that the deceased had been arrested by Calangute police in 2019 for illegal possession of drugs and was recently released from judicial custody.  Anjuna police is further investigating the case.