Obiano Urges FG to Investigate Death of Nigerian Official in South Africa

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David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State yesterday urged the federal government to investigate the alleged murder of Mrs Obianuju Ndubuisi-Chukwu in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. Don Adinuba, in a statement urged 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 (CIIN).

Ndubuisi-Chukwu was found dead in her Emperor Palace Hotel room on 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 (Secretary to the Government of the Federation) 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 suggested that the South African police are treating this murder as just another Nigerian’s death.

“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,” the governor said.

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 carry out investigation to unearth the person or persons who entered her room after her attendance at the farewell dinner held on June 12.

“The job has been made easier now because Emperor Palace Hotel has agreed to release the CCTV footage to them,” he added.

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.