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FG Condemns Indonesia’s Execution of 4 Nigerian Drug Trafficking Convicts | Demands Repatriation of Corpses

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Martin Anderson – One of the Nigerian convicts executed

The federal government has condemned the execution of four Nigerian drug trafficking convicts by Indonesian authorities, and has demanded for the repatriation of their corpses, Punch reports.

The Public Communications Division of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja yesterday released a statement on the matter:

The Federal Government of Nigeria has received with deep disappointment, news of the execution of  four Nigerians, Messrs Martin Anderson, Okwudili Oyatanze, Jaminu Abashin and Sylvester Obiekwe by the government of Indonesia for drug-related offences.

These executions have taken place despite spirited pleas for clemency made at the highest level by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, and more recently Ambassador Aminu Wali, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on April 21, 2015, during the 10th Anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership Summit, which took place in Jakarta, Indonesia,

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. 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.

19 Comments

  1. chy

    April 30, 2015 at 8:30 am

    sad and very sad. my annoyance at my people is that more Nigerians will still do more in this country putting us Nigerians in a situation where will beg other countries to contravene their own laws. Nigerians knew before they went to Indonesia that these laws existed and they committed these crimes and they are crying foul.
    i hate people killing others under any guise due to laws and wish they were not put in place in the first place.
    i also wish our people will respect themselves and stop committing crimes to survive.
    another thing that bother me is that, no one even knew if these did what they were accused of, anyone in his country far far away can conjure up a crime and label a non citizen of one due to hate and no one will be the wiser. can people take it easy with the places they go to.
    i have tried to wonder what will take me to Indonesia and can’t come up with any.
    God bless their souls.

  2. Taiwo

    April 30, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Aren’t we a lirru bit late?? Dem kpai pesin finish, FG come dey wail.

  3. newbie

    April 30, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Has Nigeria abolished the death penalty?

    • Bleed Blue

      April 30, 2015 at 11:14 am

      Interesting question oh dear newbie.

      Sadly, it still exists well well! From secular law to Sharia law, the death penalty hasn’t been abolished in Nigeria.

      In fact ehn, in 2013, our President tried to persuade state governors to sign death warrants for over 900 prisoners awaiting execution (allegedly to de-congest the prisons), after which four death row inmates were executed in 2013. These four people still had their cases pending in the appeal court oh! The thing just tire me.

      There are no proper records but it appears to me that, for the most part, it’s armed robbers who get executed in Nigeria. And I think it’s as a consequence of recognition that this is the crime that significantly bothers us. For Indonesia, drug problems are their biggest worry and that’s why they don’t flinch with condemning drug traffickers to death.

      Anywhichway, I DETEST THE CONCEPT OF DEATH PENALTY!!! 🙁 🙁

    • UGO

      April 30, 2015 at 11:33 am

      No OHH, We have death by firing squad and hanging still ohh

    • Polypoly

      April 30, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Please dont be messy!! Yes, death penalty is still a punishment in Nigeria, as well as US, etc but drug trafficking offences in Nigeria and others do not carry such punishment.

  4. RIFF RAFF

    April 30, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Sigh. And to think there are more Nigerians are in their prisons waiting to be executed.
    Yes, it was very harsh. But that is the Indonesian law. It is written boldly on most SE asian passports that death is the penalty for drug trafficking. It is written everywhere in Jakarta.
    They don’t hide it. But our people still stubbornly do drugs there with their eyes open See how poverty or quick money make people risk their lives . Life is définiteyy not easy back home…..
    I commend Indonesia for standing by its laws no matter what. You think everywhere is like Naija, where anything goes.???Just dash small money here and here, god-fatherism mentality giving you a pass…..
    I’m against death penalty…..but this is Indonesian law. You don’t like it……stay away; Na by force to reach there and pay at the price of your life?
    Moral of the story. INDONESIA IS NOT NIGERIA.

  5. Nnomsie

    April 30, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Wondering why the FG is pleading on their behalf, why break the rules guiding a country and will they claim they are not aware that these countries don’t take smuggling lightly. Pardon will make more people disobey. This should be a sound warning to those who want to sacrifice their life for some notes plus bringing bad light to Nigeria. Also the drug agencies can include the penalties involved in smuggling this drugs to other countries in their campaigns/awareness programs. Some people weren’t born with Silver Spoons here but they started small and are making a difference at the moment. Sometimes the best way to move a nation/company/business/family forward is to make rules and stand by the rules.

  6. RIFF RAFF

    April 30, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Sigh. And to think there are more Nigerians in their prisons waiting to be executed.
    Yes, executing them was very harsh. But that is the Indonesian law. It is written boldly on most SE asian passports that death is the penalty for drug trafficking. It is written everywhere in Jakarta. In every language and in bold letters.
    They don’t hide it. But our people still stubbornly do drugs there with their eyes open See how poverty or quick money make people risk their lives . Life is definitely not easy back home…..
    I however commend Indonesia for standing by its laws no matter what. You think everywhere is like Naija, where anything goes.???Just dash small money here and here, god-fatherism mentality giving you a pass…..
    I’m against death penalty…..but i repeat, this is Indonesian law. You don’t like it……stay away; Na by force to reach there and pay at the price of your life?
    Moral of the story. DON’T BE FOOLED! INDONESIA IS NOT NIGERIA.

  7. RIFF RAFF

    April 30, 2015 at 9:14 am

    So one of those who were executed was called Okwudili. Just like the Dilly Motors guy….who also happens to be a very noisy 419er… RIP Dilly

    • Anon

      April 30, 2015 at 9:55 am

      Mega laughter. Mr Umenyiora doesn’t have a monopoly over that name. People like that are barons and not couriers (used as an illustration and not that he does such…)

  8. Ayymeezy

    April 30, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Medicine after death. I didn’t hear about our government seriously fighting to save their lives or to commute the death penalty to a life sentence but now you want to fight for their dead bodies? Some of these men were in jail for almost 20 years before they got killed, that’s 20 years left to languish but our government didn’t deem it fit to help them then abi? Una go dey alright. I’m so sick of our government constantly trying to pretend like they actually care about Nigerian citizens after all, if things were working in Nigeria, these poor men would not have engaged in such activity for measly sums of money.
    I’m just tired men

  9. Anon

    April 30, 2015 at 9:56 am

    If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime. In this case, the time equals death.

  10. Naked

    April 30, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Beating a dead horse. If you cannot face the consequences, then don’t attempt it. A lesson to the foolish, gullible, greedy ones that are still out there. The world you live in will continue without you.

  11. Mz Socially Awkward...

    April 30, 2015 at 11:39 am

    It feels very sad to know that as we speak today, they’ve all been executed. :-(What sad waste of human life … I can only pray that the next batch of ill-fated drug smugglers would actually learn a valuable lesson from these convictions.

    • Iris

      April 30, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      For where? Indonesia has been executing citizens from everywhere -Australia to America sef- despite presidential and prime minister please and yet traffivkibg continues there. Is it now?

    • chinua

      April 30, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      America?!!!! lai lai they will sanction their lives out, even the American girl that killed her mother, butchered her and put her in a suitcase was given about 10 years in jail. o, my dear they know the countries they try that with. There were also French nationals involved, after the French president threatened withdrawal of aid they stayed their executions (pending investigation) they also stayed a Filipina after Pacman begged (wildly loved in Indonesia). Abeg the punishment does not fit the crime. What is the point offing foot soldiers that are a dime and a dozen when the drug kings are in their mansions?. Since they have been killing people, have they ended the war on drugs?

  12. tunmi

    April 30, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    It is their law. Again, it is their law. That is not going to change. Getting a population hooked in drugs is expensive and the effects are felt throughout every aspect of society and for generations.

    Naija, are you mad? What is the point in condemning and demanding for the corpses? It shall be specially marked to you. You did not speak up when they were alive, it is now you have all the mouths.

    And the matter of your own deqh penalty laws. As Bruno always says, bye Felicia. Fix the rot in your own house

  13. BunmiAmara

    April 30, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Living outside your country is not as luxurious as people think. you have to be careful of frnds and the company you keep .i for one dnt understand how pple smuggle this tins ,not to talk of in another man’s country. God help us ohhh!!

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