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What Indonesian convicts did before execution

Posted: Apr 29, 2015 at 6:12 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Celestine Amoke, Lagos

Before the eight condemned drug traffickers faced the firing squad on an Indonesian prison island, they sang praises to God, amid tears from sympathisers,  it was gathered.

Four of the convicts  from  Nigeria, two from Australia, one from Brazil, and one Indonesian made a long journey from their cells to the prison island to meet their fate  by 7 p.m. Nigerian time  on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

The convicts were said to  have refused blindfolds and rather than bow their heads in  resignation, sang loudly, including the “Amazing Grace”  until the gunfire from the firing squads silenced them.

A priest said religious counselors who spent some time with them  joined them in songs and continued to sing even after they had been strapped to the stakes to be put to death.

The counselors were in a tent not too far away from the execution place trying to support them when they were being tied on the stake for execution , a priest, Rev. Fr. Charlie Burrows said.

The Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, were said to have had  the loudest voices.

Meanwhile, the families of the executed Nigerians have not been identified.