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Abike Dabiri Under Fire Over Autopsy Comment On Late Chartered Insurance Institute DDG

Odinkalu, others criticise


The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewahas come under fierce criticism over her comment on Twitter that the late Deputy Director General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria [CIIN], Mrs. Uju Ndubuisi-Chukwu is unnatural, yet said suspected “stangulation”.

It could be recalled that Mrs. Ndubuisi-Chukwu was in South Africa to attend the conference of the African Insurance Organisation (AIO) but was found dead in her hotel room in Johannesburg on June 13, 2019.

In a statement, the chairman, Nigeria in Diaspora Commission, Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa said that autopsy showed she died of “unnatural cause consistent with stangulation”.

In a later update, she wrote:

“Update on Ndubuisi. Our CG in SA along with the deceased’s brother are on the sad incident. Cctv showed no one entered the room. Autopsy showed she died of unnatural cause. An  officer from the HC detailed on the case, working with SA police. Will keep you updated.”

Reacting to the statement, the former chairman of National Human Rights Commission [NHRC], Prof. Chidi Odinkalu faulted the statement, considering it contradictory.

Taking to his Twitter handle, Odinkalu wrote:

in an earlier tweet, he had asked:

Another tweep, Ekene Ndubisi, who said late Ndubuisi-Chukwu was his aunt, claiming outright murder, tweeted:
“@abikedabiri, she attended the AIO conference in June and was found dead in her hotel room. Someone murdered my Aunt and they’re trying to cover it up. CIIN and the South African police are covering up #JusticeForUjuNdubuisi #WhoKilledUjuNdubuisi.”

Yet another tweep, Lelora @Ehjeerho, wrote:
“@abikedabiri No one entered her room, is this a case of village people getting their visa? Surely, your office can do better and demand answers that make sense!”

Late Mrs. Uju Ndubuisi Chukwu at the conference of the African Insurance Organisation (AIO) held in Johannesburg, South Africa

Read below the statement by the Director General, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, Richard Borokini, announcing her death:

Encounters with late CIIN DDG Ndubuisi-Chukwu at AIO conference in Johannesburg

Chuks is do Okonta

Chuks, I have seen photographs of delegates published on your portal and none of them showed my face. This was how the late Deputy Director-General of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), Mrs Uju Ndubuisi-Chukwu, got this Journalist to photographed her on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the just concluded African Insurance Organisation (AIO) 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

She was photographed together with the Managing Director of Wapic Insurance Plc, Yinka Adekoya and a delegate, thereafter, she requested I photographed her alone, which I did.

Mrs. Chukwu at the AIO conference in Johannesburg

Prior to that time, I had requested that she paired with delegates from the Institute for a photograph, a request she granted without resistance.

In another encounter, she admonished, that I should take note of the comment made by one of the country’s insurance commissioner, who made a remark on the relationship between the government and insurance industry.

Mrs. Uju Ndubuisi Chukwu, was full of life all the event, before the unexpected happened, when she retired to bed where she lodged at Emperor Palace Hotel, after the closing dinner on Wednesday.

Mrs. Chukwu, (3rd left) at the AIO conference in Johannesburg

The late DDG was scheduled to travel back to Nigeria on Thursday, June 13, 2019, but she died before the journey.

It was gathered that she returned to her hotel room after the dinner alongside a senior female colleague before they separated and went into their different rooms.

It was also learnt that the colleague knocked on Mrs Chukwu’s hotel room door the following morning, calling her out for breakfast but she did not answer.

The colleague reportedly left, thinking she was still sleeping.

After the breakfast, her colleague again knocked on her door but without getting a response.

When it was time to go to the airport to catch their flight, Mrs Chukwu’s colleague again knocked and called her on her phone, yet there was no response.

The colleague felt Mrs Chukwu had gone to the airport to check in early.

When she got to the airport and did not find her, she hurried back to the hotel, called her number and found that the phone was ringing in her room.

THe colleague then raised the alarm and called the attention of the hotel management.

The door to her hotel room was forced open and Mrs Chukwu was found dead on the bed.

A statement by the CIIN, reads: It is with great sadness that we wish to inform you of the passing on to glory of the Deputy Director General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, Mrs. Elizabeth Uju Ndubuisi-Chukwu who joined her maker on Thursday, 13th June 2019.

Mrs. Ndubisi-Chukwu was a dedicated staff of the Institute and was a valued member of the Institute since she resumed duties at the Institute on the 9th April 2016. During her time at the Institute, she consistently championed the ideals of the Institute, promoting the insurance Industry agenda with her expertise and experience. In particular, the CIIN Breakfast Seminar Series, a program that has become a feature in the insurance industry is one of the legacies that she leaves behind.

She was a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, a member of the Nigerian Institute of Marketing an ex-council member of the National Council of Registered Insurance Brokers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management of Nigeria. She was also an active member of the Professional Insurance Ladies Association(PILA).

Mrs.. Uju was kind and always had a pleasant disposition to her work and in all her relations with everyone. At this difficult time, her family and friends constantly remain in our thoughts and prayers as we pray they find the strength to go through this period. We urge you to equally keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

No one is truly dead until the ripples they create in the world die away. The ripples Mrs. Uju Ndubisi Chukwu has stirred in her time at the Institute and in the Insurance industry will last for a lifetime. She will be sorely missed by all.

Adieu Uju

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