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Nigerian Mission in South Africa Confirms Former Envoy’s Death

The Nigerian High Commission in South Africa yesterday confirmed the murder of Nigeria’s former High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador S.S Yusuf.

When our reporter contacted the Nigerian mission in Pretoria, an official who responded to the call said the High Commission was aware of the death but declined to give further details. She, however, requested that an email be sent to the high commission for its reactions. As at the time of filing this report, there was no response to the email.

Efforts to get reactions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the murder of the former envoy proved abortive. But sources within the ministry, who confirmed the death, said the ministry staff learnt about the murder of Ambassador Yusuf through the media.

The sources said when the news filtered in, many were shocked that a former envoy was murdered by unknown assailants in his home.

Ambassador Yusuf, the immediate-past Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, hailed from Niger State.

Meanwhile, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Commissioner of Police CP Alkali Baba Usman has ordered the commands homicide investigation unit to investigate the murder of the late envoy.

The FCT Police spokesman Anjuguri Manzah said the CP directed the homicide section of the command under the command criminal intelligence and investigation department, to take over the investigation of the killing.

It was earlier reported that suspected armed robbers on Monday threw the ambassador Yusuf through the window of his flat from a three storey-building at Wuse Zone 6, Abuja.

Source:  Daily Trust