Nigeria Government Condems Execution Of Citizens, And Demand for Corpes
The government, while commiserating with the families of the deceased, demanded the repatriation of the corpses of the executed Nigerians. It explained that they would be given decent burials by their various communities.
A terse statement on Wednesday from the Public Communications Division of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja, gave the names of the executed Nigerians as Martin Anderson, Okwudili Oyatanze, Jaminu Abashin and Sylvester Obiekwe. The government warned Nigerians to desist from drug trafficking and other offences.
The statement read in part, "The Federal
Government of Nigeria has received with
deep disappointment, news of the execution of four Nigerians ─ Martin
Anderson, Okwudili Oyatanze, Jaminu
Abashin and Sylvester Obiekwe ─ by the
government of Indonesia for drug-related
"These executions have taken place despite spirited pleas for clemency made
at the highest level by President Goodluck
Ebele Jonathan, and more recently by the
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador
"The Federal Government wishes to express its condolences to the families of
"It has asked the Indonesian government
for the repatriation of the remains of the
executed persons so that they can be
accorded decent burials by their various
"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 safe guarding the interest and welfare of Nigerians."
The convicts were reportedly taken to the
Nusakambangan Island where they were
executed by firing squad on Tuesday.
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