The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has vowed to investigate the gruesome murder of a Nigerian student in the Philippines, who is simply identified as Ikem. He was said to have been murdered by some Chinese citizens.
NiDCOM in a statement signed by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, head of the media, public relations, and protocols unit, however, said that the incident was yet to be reported to the Nigerian embassy in the Philippines.
The three-paragraph statement reads: “The attention of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has been drawn to a viral social media news item on the death of a Nigerian student, identified as Ikem, who was allegedly murdered by a group of Chinese in the Republic of Philippines.
“Though the matter had not been officially reported to the Nigerian embassy in the Philippines, NIDCOM has asked the “ eyewitness “ who posted the gory incident on his social media handle to provide more details to the Commission’s e-mail — [email protected]
“The Commission will set the machinery in motion to investigate the matter and unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.”
According to a post made on social networking platform X by Michael Ojuola, Ikem who he described as his friend was “brutally murdered” by a group of Chinese.
“They tied his hands up, covered and tied his mouth and beat him blue-black until he gave up the ghost,” he wrote.
Mr Ojuola said the deceased was studying medicine in the Philippines.
“This should never be allowed to get swept under the carpet regardless of the relationship between the Philippines and China,” he added while calling on Nigerian authorities to act.
“This is so inhuman and barbaric! I can’t even think straight at the moment because of the horrific videos I’m getting right now from the hospital,” Mr Ojuola said.