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

Aminu Wali.

"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 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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