FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DEMANDS BODIES OF FOUR EXECUTED NIGERIANS FROM INDONESIA
The Nigeria Government has expressed “deep disappointment” at the execution by firing squad of four of its citizens for drugs offences in Indonesia and offered its condolences to the men’s families.
This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.
The statement says the Federal Government of Nigeria received with deep disappointment news of the execution of four Nigerians, Martin Anderson, Okwudili Oyatanze, Jamiu Abashin and Sylvester Obiekwe by the government of Indonesia for drug-related offences.”
“The Federal Government wishes to express its condolences to the families of the deceased. It has asked the Indonesian Government for the repatriation of the remains of the executed persons, so that they can be accorded decent burial in their various communities.”
“The Federal Government seizes this opportunity to once again, warn all Nigerians to desist from drug trafficking and other offences that attract maximum punishment in several countries of the world”.it says
The Federal Government will continue to promote the welfare and protect the lives of Nigerians abroad, no matter their circumstances.
“Furthermore, government is committed to engage the government of Indonesia and other friendly countries regarding the conclusion of Prisoner Transfer Agreements and other bilateral means of safeguarding the interest and welfare of Nigerians.”
The convicts were reportedly taken to the Nusakambangan Island where they were executed by firing squad on Tuesday evening.
In the face of a storm of international criticism, Indonesia has defended its actions, saying they were a key part of its “war on drugs”.
There had been confusion about the nationalities of the four Africans, with Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) saying last week that Anderson was Ghanaian.
Abashin meanwhile was also known as Raheem Agbaje Salami, according to the NDLEA, and he was travelling on a Spanish passport when he was arrested with heroin in his suitcase at the airport in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, in September 1998.
Obiekwe, 49, also used the name Nwolise.
The death penalty is legal in Nigeria and the men’s cases have not attracted the same level of interest and outrage as in other countries where the punishment is outlawed.