'Nanlaban': Nigerian, an alleged drug lord, shot dead in Pasig City raid

Coconuts Manila
January 12, 2021

A Nigerian national suspected of leading a drug ring was shot dead during a raid yesterday in a hotel in the village of Bagong Ilog in Pasig City.

Emmanuel Christopher Chukwuma, a resident of Angeles City in Pampanga, was killed because he allegedly fought back (“nanlaban”) the arresting officers.

An undercover cop pretended to be an interested client and met the suspect in the hotel where he was staying.

Read: ‘Devoid of truth,’ Philippine police say of drug war rapes, torture, abuses reported by ICC

During the meeting, the suspect became suspicious of the undercover agent, prompting the rest of the police force to attack Chukuma’s lair. The suspect was killed; cops allegedly discovered PHP13.6 million (US$283,000) worth of meth in his possession.

Chukwuma is allegedly the leader of a gang composed of fellow Nigerians who sell drugs in different parts of Luzon. Cops have arrested other Nigerians in drug raids conducted in Las Piñas and Pampanga.

Thousands of drug suspects are dead in the name of the Duterte government’s drug war, with police saying that they had been killed because they allegedly fought back. However, human rights groups have alleged that some of the suspects were unarmed. 

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