The Federal Government, demanded for the repatriation of the remains of the four Nigerians who were executed by the Indonesian government for drug-related offences so that members of the communities affected can accord them decent burial.
The Nigerian government, which expressed shock over the execution despite spirited pleas nationally and internationally, warned Nigerians against drug trafficking.
This was contained in a statement made available by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Wednesday night, in Abuja.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria has received with deep disappointment, news of the execution of 4 (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 Ebele Jonathan, GCFR and more recently Ambassador Aminu Bashir Wali, mni, CON, Minister of Foreign Affairs on 21st April, 2015 during the 10th Anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP) Summit which took place in Indonesia, Jakarta.
“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 burial in their various communities,” the statement read.
The Federal Government also warned all Nigerians to desist from drug trafficking and other offences that attract maximum punishment in several countries of the world.
“The Federal Government will continue to promote the welfare and protect the lives of Nigerians abroad, no matter their circumstances,” it added.
It assured that it would 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.]]>
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