Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour confirmed the death of a Lebanese citizen in Nigeria on Saturday, the state-run National News agency reported.
“Adel Jamil Bejjani was beaten to death by unidentified men during a robbery operation,” he told NNA.
Mansour noted: “Based on President Michel Suleiman's recommendation, we have contacted the Lebanese embassy in Nigeria's Abuja and we have been informed that Bejjani's body will be transferred to Lebanon on Monday.”
“The embassy will follow-up on the investigation with concerned Nigerian authorities.”
LBCI television had said earlier on Saturday that Bejjani was killed at his home in Nigeria during a heist operation.
The same source elaborated: “The 29 years old man worked in the domain of hotel management in the African country for less than a year.”
“He was planing on leaving Nigeria to reside permanently in Lebanon on May 5.”
Attacks on Lebanese citizens in Nigeria have been frequent in recent years.
On March 27, the NNA revealed that three Lebanese were kidnapped in Lagos, a rare case of expatriate kidnapping in Nigeria's commercial center.
Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) said the kidnappers have asked for ransom while the NNA did not report how the kidnapping occurred.