Nigerians have taken up one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s aides, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, over the footage of a hotel room in South Africa where a Nigerian woman, Uju Ndubuisi Chukwu, was killed on June 13, 2019.
Ndubuisi was suspected to have been strangled to death by unknown persons in her room at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg.
Dabiri-Erewa had claimed in a tweet that the consul-general of Nigeria’s High Commission to South Africa was working on the killing in conjunction with the brother to the former deputy director-general of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria.
It reads; “Our CG in SA along with the deceased’s brother are on the sad incident. Cctv showed no one entered the room. Autopsy showed she died of unnatural causes.
“Em officer from the HC detailed on the case, working with SA police. Will keep you updated.”
However, when the immediate past Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Dr. Chidi Odinkalu, took up the hotel over the issue on Friday, it replied in a tweet: “Emperors Palace is fully cooperating with the SAPS and has given permission to view any required footage – however, as of yet, SAPS has not requested it.”
This attracted anger from Nigerians in Twitter who questioned Dabiri-Erewa for claiming the CCTV had been viewed.
In his response, Odinkalu wrote: “So, @abikedabiri, there u go: 25 days after our sister, Uju Ndubuisi was killed by strangulation in her hotel room inside @EmperorsPalace, SAPS hasn’t asked for footage. Is that normal? & from where did u get ur info as to what CCTV showed, ma’am?
He added: “Your msg here does 2 things in my view that are wrong, @abikedabiri & I say these advisedly. 1st, you give incomplete information on the utopsy outcome. Look @ the record. It’s explicit. 2nd, u imply suicide. That’d have bn “asphyxiation” not strangulation. Pls work harder.”
Responding to Odinkalu’s tweets, the presidential aide wrote: “I’m sure all will be unraveled.Her family fully involved with an officer assigned to the case. I cannot make any deductions but we will ensure the truth is revealed.”
Other Nigerians lambasted the aide even as a nephew to the deceased, Ekene, said there was an attempt to cover up his aunt’s murder.