The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NiDCOM, have said it would investigate the alleged killing of a Nigerian medical student identified simply as Ikem in the Philippines.
This is just as the National Association of Nigerian Students has demanded justice for the deceased.
On Sunday, an X user, @michaelojuola, tweeted that the deceased’s hands were tied, his mouth covered and he was beaten to death allegedly by a group of Chinese.
The tweep called on NiDCOM and the Nigerian Senate among others, to intervene.
Reacting in a statement on Monday, the NiDCOM spokesperson, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said the commission would set machinery in motion to investigate the matter
“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@example.com.
“The commission will set the machinery in motion to investigate the matter and unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident,” the spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, NANS has demanded justice for the deceased.
The Senate Deputy President of NANS, Elvis Ekudina, described the act as “wickedness and one not to be overlooked.”
NANS disclosed that it had received “confirmation from students in the Diaspora” that “the deceased, a Nigerian medical student named Ikem, was allegedly murdered in the Philippines by a group of Chinese.”
NANS called on the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “to look into the situation and make sure that justice is done as this seems to be another xenophobic attack against Nigerians.
“This is inhumane, and cannot be accepted by the leadership of Nigerian students. We also seek that on the account of the Chinese government, the murdered student should be given last respect by ensuring that his corpse is flown back to Nigeria to ensure he gets a befitting burial.”
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