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Nigerian Man's Killing Spurs Dispute With India

By    |   Thursday, 07 Nov 2013 06:48 AM

Indian officials said Wednesday that they are engaged in a "diplomatic dialogue"to resolve a bitter political dispute stemming from the slaying of a Nigerian national last week, the Times of India reported.
 
The Nigerian man, identified as Obodo Simon, according to Zeenews.com, was stabbed to death in Goa state, a resort area on India’s southwest coast. Several hundred Nigerian expatriates there blocked a major highway and attacked local residents to protest the killing, triggering more than 50 arrests.
 
Indian officials linked the fatal stabbing to a turf war between rival gangs of drug traffickers, and Goan police moved to arrest and deport Nigerian nationals illegally residing there.
 
Nigerian consular attaché Jacob Nwadadia later issued what many regarded as a threat to Indians living in Nigeria.
 
“There are only 50,000 Nigerians living in India, but there are over a million Indians living in Nigeria,” he was quoted as saying earlier this week.“Thousands of Indians living there will be thrown out on the streets if the forcible eviction of Nigerians in Goa does not stop.”
 
Since that time, Indian and Nigerian diplomats have been working constantly to defuse tensions between the two nations.

According to the International Business Times, Indian officials — mindful of the reality that Nigeria is one of their nation’s largest sources of crude oil, trailing only Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Venezuela — have tried to allay Abuja’s concerns.
 
"Obviously the Nigerian high commission is concerned and there is a sense of anguish at what may have happened to some of their nationals," Indian Foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said. "They have requested us to carry out a thorough investigation and to bring to [arrest] those who are involved in the death of a Nigerian national.”
 
Goan police announced Tuesday that they had arrested a suspect in connection with Simon’s killing.
 
He has been identified as Suren Paul, a 24-year-old man suspected by authorities of having ties  with a “drug mafia,” Zeenews.com reported Wednesday. 
 
Indian police officials plan more arrests in the case, the International Business Times reported.  

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Indian officials said Wednesday that they are engaged in a "diplomatic dialogue"to resolve a bitter political dispute stemming from the slaying of a Nigerian national last week, the Times of India reported.
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