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allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Nwizu Family Petitions Obasanjo - Wants Death of Immigration CG Probed

allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Nwizu Family Petitions Obasanjo - Wants Death of Immigration CG Probed

Nwizu Family Petitions Obasanjo - Wants Death of Immigration CG Probed

Daily Champion (Lagos)
NEWS
July 13, 2004
Posted to the web July 13, 2004

By Adiodun Adelaja
Abuja

AS the nation continues to mourn the former Comptroller General (CG) of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the late Lady Uzoamaka Nwizu, the Federal Government has been called upon to institute a judicial enquiry to unravel the circumstances that led to her death.

Kinsmen of her widower, under the aegis of Nnewi Community Meeting, Abuja, in a petition written to President Olusegun Obasanjo on the death of Nwizu, attributed her demise to "unending threat" that trailed her appointment as CG since 2000.

"The judicial inquiry, we suggest should amongst others, unmask the persons behind the unending threat to the life of Lady Nwizu and other evil deeds.

"We are of strong belief that these threats eventually led to the death of Lady Nwizu," the group stated in its letter signed by its chairman Mr.Nnamdi Asomugha

The group charged that a former governor had openly confronted the now late Lady Nwizu with a charge that she was usurping the position due to his state at the time

In its submission, that posturing had emboldened the late lady's antagonists to persist in their evil machinations against her.

Said they: "From then on, she knew no peace. The deceased Comptroller General became a target of abuse, intimidation and even outright threat of elimination. Her office was not spared.

"It was a well-known public fact that Lady Nwizu, an otherwise healthy and energetic woman, developed strange sickness each time she stepped into her office.

"She relocated the position of her office, assiduously worked hard to placate her critics, took her job seriously and initiated and implemented strategic reforms, which transformed the NIS to the acknowledgment of all Nigerians."

"The judicial inquiry, we suggest should amongst others, unmask the persons behind the unending threat to the life of Lady Nwizu and their evil deeds.

"We are of strong belief that these threats eventually led to the death of Lady Nwizu," the group stated.

News of Lady Nwizu's death was broken last week. She died in a hospital in the United States (U.S.).

Barely days after news of her demise was made public, some Immigration top brass began scrambling for her seat even as they were then yet to fashion a burial programme for the first female to head the service.

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