Nigerians in India form one of the largest African communities in the country. As of January 2012, there are about 10,000 Nigerians living and working in India but only 3,500 were registered with the Nigerian High Commission and they live in cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Jaipur.
It is estimated that there are more than 2,500 Nigerians living in Delhi and 3,000 in Bangalore, with another 4,000 spread across the rest of the country. Neither the police nor the Nigerian High Commission has details of the number of Nigerians currently residing in India. Many Nigerians are also found in several unauthorized colonies like Munirka, Uttam Nagar and Mukherjee Nagar.
Nigerians have a negative public image in Indian society. This is due to the fact that many Nigerians were involved in illegal activities in India such as drug trafficking,drug abuse, fraud,credit card fraud,Internet scam, identity fraud, phishing, cyber-crimes, job scams, lottery scams and forgery of travel documents, such as passports and visas, marriages of convenience and forgery of academic certificates. There are also more than 500 known Nigerians in various jails across India.
The All India Nigerian Students and Community Association (AINSCA), a non-official arm of the Nigerian embassy helps members of the community living in India. It liaisons proactively with Delhi police to nab unscrupulous elements in the community.