Nigerians in India 'aggrieved' by Goa murder

Tensions have risen between Nigeria and India following the murder of a Nigerian in the Goa province.

Nigerians in India 'aggrieved' by Goa murder

World Bulletin / News Desk

Nigeria's high commissioner Ndubuisi Vitus Amaku has said that the Nigerian community in India is feeling "aggrieved" after a Nigerian man was stabbed to death last week and five others were wounded.

Following the murder, 53 Nigerians were arrested after 200 members of the community gathered on Goa’s main highway to protest against the murder. Subsequently, Goa's Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar ordered the deportation of Nigerians living there illegally.

Police blamed the killing on rivalry between local and Nigerian drug traffickers, and asked the police to track down Nigerians living illegally in the state and deport them.

Amaku said that he was concerned about the safety of the 40,000 Nigerians living in India. "Indians need to understand that a large number of Nigerians are living legally in India and even if some are living illegally, there are laws in place to deal with that and those should be implemented," he told BBC Hindi.

"If Nigerians are living illegally you don't wait till their compatriot is murdered before you go around picking them up and threatening them with deportation - that is like rubbing salt on their wounds," he added.

The 800,000 odd Indians living in Nigeria are also feeling the repercussions of the murder, fearing that the continued deportations and discrimination of Nigerians in India will backlash on them.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Kasım 2013, 14:40