According to the police, rivalry between the local Indian drug traffickers and Nigerian drug traffickers is to be blamed for Uzoma' death. Sources said that in a drug rivalry incident in November 2012, Uzoma had allegedly shot at one Palyekar's younger brother but the bullet hit the side of a car. This incident triggered off the drug war between the Nigerians and the local drug peddlers.
Following the protest, Goan police arrested 53 Nigerians. Goa's Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar asked police to track down Nigerians living illegally in the former Portuguese colony so they could be deported. A minister in the state's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party government, Dayanand Mandrekar, stirred more controversy by saying: "Nigerians are like cancer".
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