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Umahi petitions high commissioner, seeks probe into murder of Ebonyi indigene in South Africa


David Umahi of Ebonyi State.

Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, yesterday petitioned South African High Commissioner to Nigeria over the gruesome murder of Mr. Benjamin Simeon, demanding a full investigation over his death.

Umahi, who expressed sadness over the death of Simeon who hails from Okposi in Ohaozara Local Council of Ebonyi State, said his government would not relent until the killers are fished out.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, the governor said he had sent a strong-worded petition to the South African High Commissioner, requesting for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the gruesome murder of Benjamin Simeon.

According to Umahi, Simeon was allegedly shot by yet-to-be identified gunmen on August 3, 2019 at Verona Street in Johannesburg, South Africa.The deceased was until his death a law abiding Nigerian citizen resident in South Africa where he was going about his
normal business as a taxi driver. He had dropped his passengers shortly before he was shot dead by his assailants.

Umahi was quoted to have called the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), 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.

The governor 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.“Unraveling 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,” the statement said.


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