Exclusive: South African hotel where Elizabeth Chukwu was allegedly killed reacts

The South African hotel which the Deputy Director-General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN)Mrs Elizabeth Obianuju Ndubuisi-Chukwu was allegedly killed has reacted to the incident.

The body of Mrs Ndubuisi-Chukwu, popularly called “Uju nne” was found in her hotel room Emperor’s Palace Hotel & Convention Centre) Johannesburg, South Africa after attending African Insurance Organisation (AIO) conference in the former Apartheid country.

In a direct message sent to the hotel who has been under the spotlight following the unfortunate tragedy, Emperor’s Palace Hotel & Convention Centre told our correspondent that the management is offering its full support to South African Police Service (SAPS) to unravel the circumstances surrounding her death.

However, the hotel said the CCTV footage showed no foul play in the death of CIIN Deputy Director-General.

“Emperors Palace is aware of the tragic death of Elizabeth Obianuju Ndubuisi-Chukwu, the Deputy Director-General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN).

“Emperors Palace is offering their full support to the South African Police Service (SAPS), who are currently investigating the incident.

“SAPS viewed the CCTV footage on 25 June 2019 at Emperors Palace and found no foul play, subsequently the SAPS have not requested a copy of the CCTV footage. All media queries can be directed to the SAPS,” the direct message on Twitter says.

The hotel did not reveal whether an autopsy was carried out, but another report confirmed that an autopsy report from South Africa’s department of home affairs showed that she died of “unnatural causes consistent with strangulation.”

The Executive Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa also confirmed that the CCTV footage showed no one entered the deceased’s room despite the autopsy report that her death was unnatural.

There has been outrage over her death as the majority of Nigerians suspected that she might have been killed considering the xenophobic history of South Africa.

Her professional association has also insisted that it would it not relent on bringing to justice anyone found wanting in the alleged murder.

CIIN President Eddie Efekoha said “We have written officially to the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa and the organisers of the conference African Insurance Organisation/Institute of Insurance in South Africa to assist in getting to the bottom of this,” TheCable quoted him as saying.

Similarly, the Nigerian High Commission has also confirmed that it is working with the South African Police authorities to unravel the cause of her death.

“As the institute works with the family of Mrs Ndubisi-Chukwu and others to unravel the cause of death, we enjoin all parties concerned to exercise patience and avoid making statements that will prejudice official investigations.”

In a memorial message on forevermissed.com, the deceased was born on April 26, 1966, in Sapele, Delta State, Nigeria and passed away on June 13, 2019, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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