Nigerian Senate warns South African government over killing of Nigerians

Jul 11, 2019

The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday warned the South African government to put an end into the incessant killing of Nigerians by South African citizens.

The Senate also warned that was here would be grave consequences if the killings are not stopped immediately.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan stated this at plenary, warning that the South African government must extend due respect to Nigeria and should not take the good gesture towards it for granted.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly also summoned the Nigerian ambassador to South Africa to explain the circumstances that led to the alleged murder of the Deputy Director-General of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, Elizabeth Ndubusi-Chukwu, in the country recently.

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

The Senate asked the Foreign Affairs to issue travel alerts to Nigerians going to South Africa and carry out a comprehensive investigation into the death of the CIIN deputy director-general.

The decision of the Senate was sequel to a point of order raised by the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe.

Abaribe drew the attention of his colleagues to the gruesome murder of Ndubusi-Chukwu.

He said: “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.”

According to Abaribe, it was curious that Emperor Palace Hotel and Convention Centre where she lodged, was reluctant to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies to unravel the circumstances surrounding her suspicious death.

Speaking on the issue, the Senate President said: “Nigeria as a country is tired of the killings and therefore, we believe that the relationship between South Africa and Nigeria must be better. There must be respect for each other.”

Lawan further said he was aware that South Africans in Nigeria were treated well while their thriving businesses enjoy the protection of the Nigerian government and its people calling on the government and people of South Africa to be civil with Nigerians.

He said: “I agree completely with our colleagues who said that South African businesses in Nigeria flourish more than any other businesses in this country and South Africans are so very well protected in Nigeria.

“There is no need for any South African to take the life of a Nigerian or indeed any other citizens.

“Nigeria was a frontline country or considered to be one even though we are far away in the coast of Africa .

“Therefore, we deserve that respect. the relationship between our two countries must be based on mutual respect and understanding.”

The Senate President further said the Nigerian delegation to the Pan African Parliament later this year should raise the matter for deliberation for the attention and resolution by the Pan African legislature.

He added: “l believe that our next set of contingents who will represent us in the parliament which is based in South Africa, will ensure that these issues are brought to the fore.

“We are a responsible country. That is why we will not take the law into our own hands in the way of retaliation, but we shouldn’t be taken for granted.

“Nigeria provides leadership for Africa, but in this leadership position we should be able to tell every African country the truth.

“We have taken this killing, for too long and I think the time has come for us as Parliament to tell the South African Parliament where the South Africans are represented that we have taken enough and we shall not take it anymore.”

Supporting the unfortunate events Engr Chris Ekpenyong the Senator representing Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District frown at the way Nigerians are being treated in South Africa "Mr President, you can recall when we used to cry "Free Mandela" and the contributions of this country to the growth and development of South Africa but their brutality towards Nigerians shows that they are after our Goods not for our Good, if you look throughout the country there are several companies like Shoprite, MTN and others who are benefiting from the resources of this country while maltreating our own in their country. Mr President this is a case of them biting the very fingers that fed them. I therefore urge the Federal government to put in place policies that will ensure that our technology and resources are harnessed for the betterment of this nation.
I join my voice with that of the Senate Minority Leader and other of my colleagues here to condemn this act and call that this brutality be stopped immediately. Thank you"

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