…. As Senate calls for probe of 9 killed in Libya
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has urged the Federal Government to investigate the alleged murder of Obianuju Ndubuisi-Chukwu’s in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Obiano made the plea just as the Senate called on the United Nations (UN) to investigate the killing of nine Nigerian citizen on a detention centre outside in Tripoli, Libya.
Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Don Adinuba in a statement advised the Federal Government to prevail on the South African government to act decisively over the murder of the Nigerian, who was the Deputy Director General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria.
Ndubuisi-Chukwu was found dead in her Emperor Palace Hotel room on Thursday, June 13.
She was reported to have died while attending a meeting of the African Insurance Organisation in the South African commercial capital.
Obiano said: “It has become necessary to request the SGF to personally wade into the killing.
“The police in Johannesburg may be capitalising on the absence of a foreign minister in Nigeria to treat the case with levity.”
According to him, there is report on death of 53-year old indigene of Anambra State, which suggests that the South African police are treating this murder as just another Nigerian’s death.
He said: “It is disheartening that more than three weeks after the dastardly act, the South African police have not deemed it necessary to investigate the heinous crime with the seriousness it deserves.
“Ndubuisi-Chukwu was not an ordinary person, but a top corporate executive who was billed to become chief executive of her organisation in 2020.
“She was representing Nigeria at the meeting in Johannesburg where she met her untimely death.”
He said that although the South African Department of Home Affairs had in an autopsy report said that Ndubuisi-Chukwu was strangulated, it was not true.
He described the autopsy report as contradicting an earlier version of the report that suggested that she might have died in her sleep or committed suicide.
Obiano suggested the South African Police should carryout investigation to unearth the person or persons who entered her room after her attendance at the farewell dinner held on Wednesday, June 12.
He said: “The job has been made easier now because Emperor Palace Hotel has agreed to release the CCTV footage to them.”
Obiano promised not to relent in quest for justice over Anambra indigenes whose life is wasted in Nigeria or abroad, saying that Ndubuisi-Chukwu’s death has become subject of intense media scrutiny.
He, however, commended Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, past Chairman, Nigerian Human Rights Commission, on the effort being made to ensure justice is carried out in memory of Ndubuisi-Chukwu, mother of two boys.
Meanwhile, the Senate has called on the United Nations (UN) to investigate the killing of nine Nigerian citizens, which occurred in double air strikes on a detention centre outside Tripoli, Libya.
The Senate made the call, following the adoption of a motion on the death of the nine Nigerian migrants in Libya.
The motion was sponsored by Sen. Barau Jibrin (Kano North) and 36 other senators.
Jibrin, while presenting the motion, said the death of the nine Nigerians occurred following the attack, which was carried out on the hapless migrant civilians.
He said the death toll from the air strike on centre has been reviewed to 53 from 44 while more bodies were still being pulled out of the rubble, indicating that the count has not stopped.
Barau said that report indicates that refuges and migrants were directly fired by guards as they tried to escape, which resulted in the death of nine Nigerians.
He said that the strike was the second time that the Tajore detention centre, which houses around 600 migrants, was hit during the ongoing conflict.
He said that the detention of migrants from Nigeria and other Sub-Sharan African countries to Europe was not the answer to the protection of people on the move.
The senator said alternative and sustainable solutions must be developed to protect the vulnerable migrants.
He said the air strike on migrants’ detention centre that led to the killing of Nigerians has sparked international outcry.
Senators, who lend their voice on the motion, condemned the killing in its entirety.
The senate, consequently, resolved to call on the UN to investigate the killing, find out the perpetrators of the dastardly act and bring them to justice.
The senate also urged the Libyan government to immediately release the refuges and migrants from detention centres and relocate them to safe shelter.
The senate also commended the Federal Government for its effort on the reparation of Nigerian migrants from Libya.
It further urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to continue the repatriation of the remaining Nigerian citizens in Libyan detention camps.