Monday, 19 January 2015
FG Summons Indonesian Ambassador over execution of Nigerians
A statement issued by the ministry’s Director of Public Communication, Mr Ogbole Amedu-Ode, introduced some twist into the national identity of one of the executed drug convicts. Since December 2014 when president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo approved the execution only one Nigerian was identified in the list of six condemned drugs convicts.
He was Daniel Enemuo (Alias Diarrassoube Mamadou). Now Nigeria claimed Namaona Denis, said to be a Malawian, was also a Nigerian. The foreign affairs ministry identified him as Solomon Okafor, from the eastern part of Nigeria, like Enemuo.
Namaona Denis wife on 17 January to see her husband before the execution
The ministry said the Nigerians were executed for drug offences at the Island of Nusakambangu in Cilacap, Central Java Province, in spite of appeals by the Federal Government.
“The executions were carried out despite persistent pleas for clemency made by the federal government, including the National Assembly.The executions had taken place against the grain of the excellent relations that subsist between Nigeria and Indonesia.Thus, the foreign minister has summoned the Indonesian Ambassador to register Nigeria’s protest.
It strongly appealed to the Indonesian authorities to exercise clemency for other 12 Nigerians on the death row in that country.
The statement said the federal government had expressed sympathy and condolences to the families of the deceased.
It also appealed to Nigerians to desist from drug trafficking which attracted capital punishment in Indonesia and in many other countries.It said it would continue to engage the Indonesian authorities to negotiate and conclude a Prisoner Transfer Agreement.
The statement said the agreement might enable other convicted Nigerians to return home to serve their prison terms.