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FG Seeks Proper Burials for Nigerians Executed in Indonesia

Posted: Apr 30, 2015 at 11:13 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Federal Government of Nigeria has asked that the remains of the four Nigerians on Tuesday after being found guilty of drug offences be repatriated for proper burials.

The FG, which condemned the execution that disregarded global calls for leniency, in a statement released by the Public Communications Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja, said: “The Federal Government wishes to express its condolences to the families of the deceased,” adding that it has asked the Indonesian Government for the repatriation of the remains of the executed persons, so that they can be accorded decent burial in their various communities.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria has received with deep disappointment, news of the execution of four Nigerians, Messrs 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 Jonathan, and more recently Ambassador Aminu Wali, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on April 21, during the 10th Anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership Summit, which took place in Jakarta, Indonesia,” the statement added.

The FG, however, used the opportunity to warn all Nigerians to desist from drug trafficking and other offences that attract maximum punishment in several countries of the world.

It has also said the 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.