Another Nigerian has yet again been killed in South Africa, adding to the over 100 Nigerians who have been murdered in the country since 2016.
The Nigerian Citizens Association South Africa confirmed the latest incident in a statement sent to Channels Television on Saturday.
According to the statement, the victim is identified as one 43-year-old Benjamin Simeon and a native of Okposi in Ebonyi State in South-east Nigeria.
Mr Simeon was allegedly shot by yet to be unidentified gunmen in the early hours of Saturday in Johannesburg, a city in South Africa.
The spokesperson for the association, Mr Sunny-Wenike Douglas, explained that until his death, late Simeon was a Taxify driver.
The victim was said to have been killed almost immediately after dropping off his clients in a part of the city.
Douglas added that an investigating officer with the South Africa Police Service confirmed that a case of murder had been opened on the matter.
He vowed that his association would follow up with the case to ensure that the killers were arrested and brought to justice.
On June 12, a Nigerian insurance officer, Mrs Obianuju Ndubuisi-Chukwu, was murdered in South Africa while attending a conference there.
Her killing was followed shortly by the murder of a Nigerian teenager who was also shot dead in Johannesburg.
Read the full statement below:
NIGERIAN CITIZENS ASSOCIATION SOUTH AFRICA (NICASA)
The Nigerian Citizens Association South Africa received with sadness and regrettably announce the tragic death of a national Late Mr Benjamin Simeon, 43years old and a native of Okposi in Ebonyi State, who was allegedly shot by yet to be unidentified gunmen around the wee hours of today the 3/08/2019 at Verona and High Street in the south of Johannesburg.
Late Mr Benjamin Simeon until his death was a Taxify driver and survived by a pregnant wife, who also is from the same community with him and has two other children from the same wife.
At arrival at the deceased residence, the NICASA representative led by the PRO met with the inlaw of the deceased Mr Emeka Isaac, also from Okposi in Ebonyi State and other of his kinsmen from Ebonyi, friends and well-wishers.
It was learnt that the deceased transports workers who close late shifts at night, under a prearranged pick up plan and was just on one of such trips when he was shot twice almost immediately after dropping off his clients.
Mr Emeka Isaac who is married to the deceased’s sister said he had got a call at around 3:00am from an unknown office number which he didn’t pick, and thereafter a call from the wife of the deceased alerting him of her husband’s unanswered phone, which led to several calls been made.
Finally, someone who was earlier called by the police informed him of the deceased having some likely issues with the police, the phone number of the police was forwarded to him and he only got the sad news after calling the phone number of the police.
The remains of the deceased were taken by the paramedics that arrived the crime scene in company of the SAPS and has since been deposited at the Johannesburg mortuary after the deceased was confirmed dead.
The deceased’s vehicle and phone were recovered and handed over to Mr Emeka Isaac (the inlaw).
We got in contact with the detective in charge of the case who confirmed the case of murder was opened at the Moffatview SAPS and we have received the case number and direct contact of the investigating police officer.
We will furnish same to the appropriate authorities for further action.
We shall follow up with the case to ensure that the killers are arrested and justice is served.
We pray for God to grant the family, friends kinsmen comfort at this difficult time, and them the strength to bear the loss. while calling on all to remain vigilant in their dealings with one another.
All Police Officers In Uganda To Undergo Mental Check-Up
All Police officers in Uganda are to undergo mandatory mental checkups to ascertain their psychological status.
The move followed reports to the Police administration in the East African country that many Police officers were reportedly brutalizing suspects while others have committed suicide.
The officers will be tested on levels of distress, how often they socialize, how often they experience temper outbursts and urges to beat, injure or harm someone. They will also be tested on whether they feel blocked as they try to get things done, whether they get difficulties making decisions and whether they find it hard to concentrate on their work.
Speaking at the launch of the exercise, Christine Oulanya, the acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Welfare in Uganda, said there is a need to check the cops’ mental health on grounds that some officers brutally handle.
They will be tested on levels of distress, how often they socialize, experience temper outbursts suspects which is unlawful and violates their code of conduct.
“We want to help our officers. Last year, six officers committed suicide, five died in 2017 and seven in 2016. This is what we want to clear out and help these officers accordingly,” Oulanya said.
She revealed that last year, one of their officers in Kampala murdered his wife and then killed himself after he discovered that he was HIV positive.
Also speaking during the launch, a counselling psychologist, Prof. Edward Bantu said they will also assess the officers’ suicidal ideation and social integration.
They will also evaluate superior-subordinate relationships, optimism, drug responses, coping strategies and the intimate partner violence of the officers.
“These officers have to be in a good mood while handling people. However, at times they ought not to serve promptly if they are depressed. It becomes worse if they have nowhere to run to. So, as a psychologist that is why we have come out to know the mental health of the officers,” Bantu said.
He added that in case some cops are found mentally ill, they will be rehabilitated and taught self-managerial skills.
“We are going to train a group of officers in skills to help the mentally ill as well as assist them to manage violence against spouses and children,” he said.
Addressing the press after the launch, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango said the decision to carry out mental checkups on officers came from the Police Advisory Committee (PAC).
He said PAC deliberated on the issues raised about the conduct of some Police officers and observed that the officers could be stressed, mentally ill or psychologically unstable. Onyango noted that the force, thereafter, got in touch with the School of Psychology at Makerere University.
“This is necessary for our officers as they get involved in nasty situations. For example, a traffic officer who rescues casualties with broken limbs, a fire brigade directorate that goes for emergencies to retrieve a baby in a pit and crime officers who handle murdered victims, these people get stressed and traumatized, hence the need to be checked and helped,” Onyango said.
“However, the data obtained from officers will be confidential and only be used for research purposes,” he said.
The survey will be first of its kind to be conducted in Kampala.
Jonathan Departs Nigeria To Lead AU’s Election Observer Mission To Mozambique
Nigeria’s ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, has been nominated by the African Union (AU) to lead the continental body’s Election Observation Mission, to Mozambique’s scheduled October 15 general elections.
Jonathan’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, said in a statement on Thursday, that his principal is billed to leave the country today for Maputo, capital of Mozambique.
While there, he will be overseeing the deployment of the mission’s 40-member team of observers, to different parts of the country.
In a letter of invitation signed by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, the AU described Jonathan as a man who is deeply committed to peace and democracy on the continent.
It said: “Given Your Excellency’s vast experience and commitment in promoting democracy and peace on the continent, I would like to invite you to lead the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to the Republic of Mozambique.”
This comes just 24 hours after Jonathan met with President Muhammadu Buhari in a closed-door meeting, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
South Africa Agrees To Issue Nigerians 10-Year Visa Following Buhari’s Visit
South Africa and Nigeria have reached an agreement on issuing 10-year visa.
This is following the successful conclusion of the 9th Bi-National Commission of South Africa and Nigeria meeting in Pretoria, South Africa this week.
However, the visa will only be issued to businessmen, academics and frequent travellers.
This was revealed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad.
Ahmad tweeted: “FLASH: Following the successful conclusion of the 9th Bi-National Commission of South Africa and Nigeria meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, both countries have agreed on issuing 10-year visas to businessmen, academics and frequent travelers. #PMBinSA”