Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has called on the government of South Africa to thoroughly investigate the killing of a Nigerian resident in the country, Mr. Benjamin Simeon, who was gruesomely murdered at Verona Street Johannesburg.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Uzor, Governor Umahi explained that he had petitioned South African High Commissioner on the matter and requested the intervention of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to ensure that the envoy acted on the killing.
Part of the statement by Uzor reads: “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.”
He further said “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.”
Chief Umahi lamented that the murder of the forty three year old Nigeria, who hailed from Okposi in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, had thrown the state into mourning and required urgent action to bring the perpetrators to book.
Mr. Benjamin Simeon, who was a taxi driver in South Africa, was shot dead shortly after dropping a passenger at Verona Street in Johannesburg.