Umahi Demands Probe of Nigerian Killed in South Africa

David Umahi

Benjamin Nworie in Abakaliki

The Chairman of the South-east Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, has expressed sadness over the gruesome murder of a Nigerian, who also hails from Ebonyi State, Mr. Benjamin Simeon, in South Africa and called for full investigation.

Governor Umahi, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, also sent a strong worded petition to the South African High Commissioner requesting a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the gruesome murder of Simeon, a native of Okposi in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, who was allegedly shot by yet-to-be-identified gunmen on August 3, 2019 at Verona Street in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The deceased, who was until his death a taxi driver in South Africa, had dropped his passengers shortly before he was shot dead by his assailants.

Governor Umahi was quoted to have called on the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, requesting him to intervene in the matter to ensure that the South African envoy acts on the petition and the urgent need to investigate and bring the perpetrators to book.

Umahi said the murder of the 43-year-old indigene of Ebonyi State had thrown the state into mourning, while pleading that he must not die in vain.

Part of the statement read: “Unravelling the circumstances surrounding this heinous murder of Simeon presents to the fore, the need for the South African government to undertake requisite thoroughness and transparency to ensure that justice is served to the Nigerian government, Ebonyi State and the family of the deceased.

“The loss of a highly talented and law abiding citizen of Nigeria who was going about his legitimate business in South Africa aptly challenges us all to call on the reserves of our cherished African brotherhood. In the face of the foregoing, the least that can be done for him and his family now is to prove that he did not die in vain by vigorously probing his murder and ensuring that the killers face justice.”