The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a statement after suspected six Chinese persons were allegedly involved in the killing of a Nigerian medical student, Chibuikem Emmanuel, in the Philippines.
According to reports, Chibuikem was allegedly murdered by a group of Chinese Nationals who tortured him, tied his hands and mouth and subsequently beat him to death after an altercation with his boss.
The incident happened at Orlacson Street, 6014, Mandaue City. The Philippines and the Chinese Nationals were reportedly angry that the deceased lodged his girlfriend, a Philippine citizen in his official accommodation.
The Philippine National Police has filed murder cases against the suspected six Chinese persons who are reportedly on the run.
On Thursday night October 26, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement warning all Nigerians in the country to be vigilant while the Philippine government continues with investigations.
The statement reads;
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THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA CONDEMNS THE FATAL ATTACK OF A NIGERIAN NATIONAL BY HIS EMPLOYER IN MANDAUE CITY, CEBU, PHILIPPINES ON 21ST OCTOBER, 2023
The Federal Government of Nigeria has received with sadness and grave concern, reports of the tragic death of a Nigerian national in the Philippines on 21st October, 2023.
The victim, identified as Mr. Chibuike Emmanuel Chukwuneke allegedly died of complications arising from the torture inflicted on him by thugs contracted by his Chinese employer, after an altercation.
According to the official Police report obtained by the Nigerian Embassy in the Philippines, an argument ensued when the late Mr. Chukwuneke demanded that his salary be paid on a pro-rata basis, following the termination of his employment by his employer, who accused him of contravening the terms of his contract by lodging his girlfriend in his official accommodation.
While there is no justification for the deadly attack on the deceased, the Federal Government calls on Nigerians living in the country to remain calm and law-abiding, while the Philippine authorities continue with investigations.
In line with the diaspora component of the 4-Ds Foreign Policy strategy, the Federal Government of Nigeria is committed to ensuring the protection of the fundamental human rights of all Nigerians wherever they live.