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Friends mourn Nigerian medical student killed in Philippines

Friends of a Nigerian medical student, identified simply as Ikem, have mourned the killing of the student who was allegedly murdered by a group of Chinese.

Details of the incident were still sketchy as of press time, but an X user, @michaelojuola, on Sunday, tweeted that the deceased’s hands were tied, his mouth covered and beaten till death.

Adding a crying emoji, the tweep wrote, “A friend of mine, a Nigerian medical student named Ikem studying in the Republic of Philippines was brutally murdered by a group of Chinese. They tied his hands up, covered and tied his mouth and (he) was beaten blue-black until he gave up the ghost.

“This should never be allowed to get swept under the carpet regardless of the relationship between the Philippines and China. 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.”

 The tweep called on the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, and the Nigerian Senate among others, to intervene in the matter.

@markstormbubble who commented on the post, said, “Oh my God, I know him! He is my schoolmate. #JusticeForIkem.”

“I am in shock right now. Condolences to the bereaved family,” he added in another tweet.

“I know him too bro… My school mate too,” @Magnifiers15 said.

Contacted, the spokesperson for NiDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, urged the complainant to send a petition  to the commission . “Encourage the person to petition NiDCOM. We want to put a face to every issue. Let him petition us, and then we will respond appropriately. Let him petition us if the thing happened so that we will investigate,” the NiDCOM spokesperson said.

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