Philippines arraigns Chinese employer, 5 others for killing Nigerian medical student
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) says the persons involved in the murder of a Nigerian medical student, Ikem, in the Philippines, have been arraigned in court.
NIDCOM disclosed this in a statement released on its official X handle on November 14.
Recall that a Nigerian, Michael Ojuola in October took to X to raise an alarm over the murder of his friend, Ikem. Michael had said that the medical student experienced a series of torture from a group of Chinese nationals which led to his death.
Dabiri-Erewa also said a viral video by a man posted on social media recently alleging that 250 Nigerians are slated for killing in Ethiopia was totally false.
This was the highlight of the investigative hearing of the Joint Senate Committees presided over by Sen. Victor Umeh.
Dabiri-Erewa disclosed that in the case of Ikem, who was brutally murdered, the Philippines authorities have declared the employer, who has since been on the run, wanted.
She said the Nigeria Embassy had informed the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines and also reported the case to the Inspector General of the Philippines National Police.
According to her, the Embassy had maintained regular contact with the line police station at the location, with a strong directive to go for the investigation.
She said the investigating police team on the case are done with evidence building and presented the case to the Mandaue city prosecuting Department for action; who has evaluated it and deemed it fit for murder case filing.
“They have filed the case and issued a warrant of arrest to the boy’s employee and five other suspects; they are charged for murder, human trafficking and operation of illegal business in the Philippines,” Dabiri-Erewa said.
She told the Committees that to decongest the prisons, amnesty was granted to them but the majority of them went back and still committed the same crime