Former Nigerian Ambassador To South Africa Assassinated

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Former Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador S.S Yusuf, was murdered in the early hours of Monday, June 13, 2016 by unidentified gunmen.

Ambassador S.S Yusuf, who was the immediate-past Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, was thrown out through the balcony of his apartment by four assailants who broke into his house at about 2am on Monday night.

A relative of the deceased, Mrs Yemi Adebisi Kuti, said her brother was assassinated. She alleged that the assailants who carried out the killing did not tamper with anything in her brother’s apartment. Late Ambassador Yusuf hailed from Niger.

She said:

“My brother was born in 1957. He was the immediate-past ambassador to South Africa. All I can say is that he was murdered. The people that broke into his apartment did not take anything with them. They‎ did not even tamper with the smallest item in the house. They just came and carried out their assignment.”

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Ambassador S.S Yusuf, SA Embassy



An eyewitness report from Daily Sun, Oche Andrew, narrates saying when he visited the scene of the incident in Zone 6 District of Abuja, as at the time the unfortunate incident happened, the late diplomat was alone.

Oche Andrews narrates:

“We woke up this morning only to find the body of the man lying lifeless. That was when I overhead neighborhoods saying that some people broke into his apartment midnight. They threw him out through the balcony and he died right there.”

Meanwhile on international relations with South Africa, the South African High Commission in Abuja on Wednesday, 8th June, 2016, was reported to have unveiled its plan to facilitate the processes of issuance of visa to Nigerians.

This is in reaction to the many complaints by Nigerians not only about the difficulties and the mistreatment they often go through in the South African Commission, as well as the complaints similarly leveled against the Nigerian High Commission in South Africa.

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Mr. Lulu Mnguni, South Africa’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, acknowledged that ‘there has been growing concerns from Nigeria and South Africa on the issue of visas.