We Will Longer Tolerate Killings Of Nigerians In S/Africa —Senate
Temper rose in Senate on Wednesday following the killings of Nigerians in South Africa as the Senate vowed not to tolerate killings of Nigerians in South Africa.
The anger of Senate toward South Africa was sequel to the killing of Elizabeth Ndibuisi-Chukwu , the Deputy Director-General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), was
Ndibuisi-Chukwu was allegedly murdered at Emperor’s Palace Hotel and Convention Centre, South Africa on June 13 where she lodged.
She was attending the conference of the African Insurance Organisation (AIO). Initially, it was suspected that she died of cardiac arrest.
Coming under point of order, the Minority leader of the Senate, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe who expressed dissatisfaction with killing of Mrs Ndubuisi
He said the insinuation that she died of cardiac arrest was proved wrong following the autopsy report released on June 20 by the South African Department of Home Affairs which indicated in a death certificate that the death was unnatural and suspected to be murder.
He said the suspicion that she could have been murdered was further confirmed in a separate document issued by the South Africa, Department of Health on June 27 where it corroborated the autopsy report and revealed that she was strangled.
“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.” he said.
Senators who spoke on the point of order condemned the incident stressed the need for prompt investigation.
Some senators also suggested that the South African Ambassador and the Nigerian Consulate be summoned for an explanation.
In his remarks, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, recalled that a similar issue was debated in the eight Senate and an ad-hoc committee sent to visit South Africa with a message that Nigeria as a country was tired of the killings.
He said, “We believe that the relationship between the two countries must be better. There must be respect for each other.
“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.”
The senate resolved to send a high- delegation to the parliament of South Africa and express displeasure as well as ask their government to do something to stop the killing.