By Ewa Innocent, The Sight News
Abakaliki: The chairman, Southeast Governors’ Forum and governor of Ebonyi state, Engr David Umahi has condemned the gruesome murder of a South African based Nigerian, from Ebonyi state, Mr Benjamin Simeon, in South Africa,while conducting his lawful business.
This is just as he demanded for justice to bring perpetrators to book.
In a statement made available to The SIGHT News in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital through the chief press secretary to the governor, Sir Emmanuel Uzor, governor Umahi who petitioned the South African High Commissioner, demanding for full-scale investigation into the heinous crime,called on the South African government to expedite action in arresting the culprits.
The deceased who hails from Okposi in Ohaozara local government area of Ebonyi State was allegedly shot by yet to be identified gunmen on the 3rd of August, 2019 at Verona Street in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The release further stated that the deceased, Mr. Benjamin Simeon 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.
His words, “unraveling the circumstances surrounding this heinous murder of Benjamin 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 lamented that “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”, he ended.