Xenophobia: Senate Issues Stern Warning To South African Government

Senate Issues Stern Warning To South African Government As Number Of Nigerians Murdered There Rises To 127
Senate President Ahmad Lawan

The Senate has issued a warning to the South African government to halt the frequent killings of Nigerians by its citizens as this could attract grave consequences.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, made this known at the plenary, saying that the South African government must extend due respect to Nigeria.

The Nigerian ambassador to South Africa was also summoned by the Senate to explain the circumstances that led to the murder of the Deputy Director-General of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, Elizabeth Ndubusi-Chukwu, in the country recently.

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The killing of Ndubusi-Chukwu in June increased the Nigerians murdered in South Africa in three and half years to rise to 127.

Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe who drew the attention of his colleagues to the gruesome murder of Ndubusi-Chukwu; “Elizabeth Ndubusi-Chukwu, a mother, and an indigene of Anambra State, was found dead in one of the rooms at the Emperors Palace Hotel and Convention Centre, on June 13, 2019, where she lodged.

“She went to South Africa to attend the Conference of the African Insurance Organisation (A10) and initially was suspected to have died of cardiac arrest.

The Insinuation was proved wrong, following autopsy report released on June 20, 2019, by South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs, which indicated in a Death Certificate that the death was unnatural and suspected to be murder due to strangulation.

“The suspicion that she could have been murdered was further confirmed in a separate document issued by South Africa’s Department of Health on June 27, 2019, where it corroborated the autopsy report and revealed that she was strangled.”

He also noted that it was alleged that Emperor Palace Hotel and Convention Centre the deceased had lodged, was reluctant to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies to unravel the circumstances surrounding her suspicious death.

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