Disturbed over the continued killing of Nigerians in South Africa, the Senate has warned the former apartheid country to find a lasting solution to the cause of such ugly act by its citizens.
The upper legislative chamber spoke tough on the wanton killings of Nigerians and other nationals in South Africa while advising government to issue a travel alert to Nigerians travelling to South Africa to be security conscious and ensure that their safety is not under threat.
The Senate resolutions were sequel to a motion on the “Death of Elizabeth Ndubuisi-Chukwu in South Africa”, sponsored by the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia South).
Abaribe, while informing his colleagues of the latest of such killings in South Africa, said late Ndubuisi-Chukwu was in the country as a delegate of the federal government to attend a programme but was allegedly killed by yet-to-be identified suspects.
“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 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 where it corroborated the autopsy report and revealed that she was strangled.
“This is not the first time that Nigerians have died in suspicious and curious circumstances in South Africa.”
Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu (APC, Abia North) gave further insights into how Nigerians are sometimes trailed to their hotels and killed in South Africa.
He also suggested that the federal government must do more and put a final stop to the endless killing of Nigerians doing legitimate businesses in the former apartheid country.
Kalu said: “I was in the country and I visited the embassy. I interacted with three former presidents. When they think you have some money, they track you to the hotel and sometimes kill you.
“The federal government needs to do something. The person killed was a federal government delegate. The hotel in question must provide the footage for investigation. Everywhere in South Africa, they pursue Nigerians around like common criminals.
President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said “enough is enough”, while recalling that the eighth Senate discussed the same issue extensively.
He said as a responsible country, Nigeria cannot fold its hands and watch its citizens killed in other nations of the world and insisted that this must stop.