Nigeria demands investigation into citizens’ deaths in South Africa

The Nigeria senate has called on the South African government do more to protect Nigerian nationals within the Rainbow Nation after the killing of Elizabeth Ndubuisi-Chukwwu.

Ndubuisi-Chukwwu was the deputy director-general of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria. She was in South Africa to attend an African Insurance Organisation conference and was found dead in her hotel room in Johannesburg on 13 June.

South Africa is a country with a huge problem with violent crime and Ndubuisi-Chukwwu is certainly not the first Nigerian to be harmed in this country, but she is by far one of the most high-profile in recent times and it has drawn the sharp focus of the Nigerian government.

Conflicting reports

It has called for an investigation into the incident after conflicting reports have begun to emerge. It was originally stated she died of cardiac arrest.

However, reports by the South African Department of Home Affairs and Department of Health seem to suggest there may have been foul play at fault.

“In a curious twist, the hotel allegedly was reluctant to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies to unravel the circumstances surrounding her death. This is not the first time Nigerians have died in suspicious circumstances in South Africa,” said Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe, according to Premium Times Nigeria.

Better relations between South Africa and Nigeria

Further, the Nigerian government is not happy that its citizens are being attacked in South Africa while they claim the reverse cannot be said about Nigeria.

“We believe that the relationship between the two countries must be better. There must be respect for each other,” Senate President Ahmed Lawan.

“South African businesses flourish more than most Nigerian businesses. South Africans are safe and are protected in Nigeria. There is no need for any South African to take the life of a Nigerian or any citizen. Nigeria is a frontline state. We deserve respect and understanding.

“Our next set of contingents in the Pan-African Parliament must ensure that this issue is brought to the fore. We don’t take the law into our hands in the word of retaliation but we should not be taken for granted. We have taken these killings for too long and we are not going to take it anymore.”

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