Senate Summons Nigerian Envoy Over ‘Strangulated’ Woman In South Africa

Elizabeth Ndubusi-Chukwu

The Senate has summoned Nigeria ambassador to South Africa over the alleged recent murder of the Deputy Director-General of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), Elizabeth Ndubusi-Chukwu, in the country.

The summon was made during plenary on Wednesday after Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, raised the point of order.

The upper chamber also asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue travel alerts to Nigerians about South Africa.

It also directed the ministry to carry out comprehensive investigation into the death of the woman.

Mrs Ndubusi-Chukwu was in South Africa to attend the conference of the African Insurance Organisation (AIO).

She was found dead on June 13 in her room at Emperor’s Palace Casino, Hotel and Convention Centre, Johannesburg.

Her death has sparked controversy on social media after a report dated June 27, 2019 and signed by the Director-General of the Department of Health, Republic of South Africa, stated that she died of “unnatural causes consistent with strangulation”.

Friends and family members said on a website set up in her memory that she was murdered. They also accused the South African government and the hotel management of not doing enough to bring her alleged killers to justice.

It was alleged that the hotel had failed to provide CCTV footage to the police which would assist in the investigation.

The Senate urged the Federal Government not to relent in its efforts to unravel the circumstances of the incident.

NAN