BY VICTORIA OJEME
ABUJA – The Federal Government has expressed disappointment over the execution by firing squad of two Nigerians, Messers Solomon Chibuike Okafor and Daniels Enemuo by the Government of Indonesia despite its pleas.
The Nigerians were executed for drug offences at the Island of Nusakambangu in Cilacap, Central Java Province.
Seven people from Indonesia, Vietnam, Brazil and The Netherlands were also executed.
The executions were carried out despite pleas for clemency by the Federal Government, including the National Assembly.
In a statement, by the Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesperson, Ogbole Amedu Ode said, “It reiterates its appeal to all Nigerians to desist from drug trafficking which attracts the capital punishment in Indonesia and in many other countries around the world.
The Government will continue to engage the Indonesian authorities to negotiate and conclude a Prisoner Transfer Agreement that may enable other convicted Nigerians to return home to serve their prison terms.
Thus, the Foreign Minister has summoned the Indonesian Ambassador to register Nigeria’s protest.
Meantime, it strongly appeals, once again, to the Indonesian authorities to exercise clemency for other 12 Nigerians on the death row in the country.