Thursday 30 April 2015

FG Demands Corpses Of Executed Nigerians In Indonesia

The Federal Government has demanded for the bodies of four Nigerians who were executed by firing squad in Indonesia on drug related offences on Tuesday. The FG says it was rather an unfortunate incident, that despite its pleas and that of the international community, the Indonesian Government went ahead to execute them. It therefore warned Nigerians to stay away from drugs.

In a statement released yesterday by the Public Communications Division of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja the Federal Government demanded their bodies saying they will be brought home for decent burials and also commiserated with their families. 

“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 offences.

“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 communities.

“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 statement read in parts.

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