Presidency reacts to assassination of Nigerian in South Africa

Abike Dabiri-Erewa
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has expressed worry over the killing of another Nigerian in South Africa.

Owojela’s Blog reports that the Nigeria Mission in South Africa had on Sunday confirmed the killing of Mr Ozumba Tochukwu-Lawrence, by an unknown gunman in the country.
The Nigeria Consulate-General in South Africa said the ugly incident occurred at 10 Koppe, Middleburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa, on July 6.
The mission said that Lawrence was shot six times by his assailant and died before reaching hospital.
However, reacting, Dabiri-Erewa in short message sent to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday described the recent killing as unfortunate.
She said that further enquiry over challenges faced by Nigeria in South Africa should be directed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
”All enquiries should be directed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama who has vowed to take decisive action with the new Foreign Affairs Minister in South Africa.”

Dabiri-Erewa also expressed disappointment over an early warning signal put in place by both ministries, which she said, had still not been implemented.
She stated that no fewer than 117 Nigerians were extra-judicially killed in South Africa between 2016 and 2018 for one flimsy reason or the other.
She said that many more had followed since then.