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Murder sparks India-Nigeria diplomatic storm

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Tensions rise between major trading partners after killing, riots, and crackdown on illegal migrants.

New Delhi, India – Christian Nwaneli stood outside the Nigerian high commission in New Delhi, waiting to settle a business dispute with his Indian business partner.

Nwaneli, a resident of Lagos – Nigeria's most populous and Africa's second-fastest growing city – wanted the embassy to help him retrieve several thousand US dollars his partner had owed him.

But the Indian partner did not turn up and instead Nwaneli received a text message asking him to come to Gurgaon, 30km south of Delhi, for the money.

"I chose not to go for security reasons … I will never come back to India. It's better to trade with the Chinese," Nwaneli told Al Jazeera.

Tensions between Nigerians and Indians have escalated since Nigerian national Obodo Uzoma Simeon was found dead in Goa, a popular tourist destination, in the country's west. Simeon was stabbed to death on October 31 in Panaji, Goa state's capital.

Goa police were quick to lodge a murder case, however, the killing led to widespread protests by Nigerian expatriates, snowballing into a major law and order problem.

About 200 angry members of the community blocked a highway while the body was being taken for post-mortem examination. Police brought the situation under control and registered cases of rioting, arson and damaging public property against 51 Nigerians and one national of Ghana.

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