Saturday, 13 July 2019

Elizabeth Ndubisi-Chukwu's murder: Over 120 Nigerians killed in South Africa since 2016

The Nigeria Mission in South African says over 120 Nigerians have been killed in the country since 2016.

Godwin Adama, consul-general of Nigeria in South Africa, said this while speaking on the recent killing of Elizabeth Ndubisi-Chukwu in in Johannesburg.




Ndubisi-Chukwu, deputy director-general of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), was found dead in her hotel room on June 14. She was in the country for a conference.

While initial speculation was that she died from a heart attack, the result of the autopsy showed she died from “unnatural causes consistent with strangulation”.

Speaking in an interview with Channels Television, Adama said the mission is following up on the investigation into the cause of her death.

Adama said the killing of Nigerians in South Africa is part of a general insecurity situation in the country.

According to him, South Africa recorded as high as 18,000 murder cases in 2018. Over 120 Nigerians have lost their lives since 2016.

On the repeated murders, Adama said: “For now, I doubt if the South African authorities have solution to general insecurity particularly on the issue of murder in South Africa. For the statistics, you could get as much as 18,000 murders in a year in South Africa, not just Nigerians. So, that is to tell you, is that it is a general problem.”

The Nigerian envoy said the hotel gave them access to watch the CCTV footage and then nothing was seen in the footage.

“From what we saw, minute by minute, we watched for hours, starting from the time she left her room to the dinner till when she returned and went in, there was no other person that entered the room, going by that footage,” he said.

Asked if the mission was planning on getting a private investigator to probe the death, Adama said the mission does not have the resources.

“We have not the resources. As a government official, I don’t rest when I hear that something has happened to any Nigerian.”




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