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Published On: Sun, Jan 18th, 2015

Protests as Indonesia executes 2 Nigerians, others

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Indonesia executes 2 NigeriansFrom Suleiman Idris, with agency reports

Two Nigerians, Daniel Enemuo and Solomon Okafor, a Malawian, Namaona Denis, a former Brazilian pilot Marco Moreira alongside a Dutch citizen Ang Kiem Soei, Vietnam Tran Thi Bich Hanh and Indonesia Rani Andriani executed by the Indonesian authority over drug related offences has sparked global outrage with the Brazilian and Dutch government recalling their Ambassadors to the Asian country.

The Nigerian government has similarly summoned the Indonesian Ambassador to register Nigeria’s protest over the execution, by firing squad, of the two Nigerians, Solomon Okafor (Alias Namaona Denils) and Daniels Enemuo (Alias Diarrassoube Mamadou) by the Indonesian government.

The Nigerians were executed along with their counterparts for drug offences at the Island of Nusakambangu in Cilacap, Central Java Province, despite appeals by the Federal Government.

A statement on Sunday in Abuja by the Director, Public Communication Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ogbole Amedu-Ode, said the executions were carried out despite persistent pleas for clemency made by the FG including the National Assembly.

“The executions had taken place against the grain of the excellent relations that subsist between Nigeria and Indonesia,” the statement noted.

The government expressed its sympathy and condolences to the families of the deceased and also appealed to Nigerians to desist from drug trafficking which attracts the capital punishment in Indonesia and in many other countries around the world.

The FG said it would 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.

It said, “Thus, the Foreign Minister , Amb. Aminu Wali has summoned the Indonesian Ambassador to register Nigeria’s protest.”

“Meanwhile, it strongly appeals, once again, to the Indonesian authorities to exercise clemency for other 12 Nigerians on the death row in the country.”

The government of Netherland and Brazil had appealed to the Indonesia government for clemency but the country’s President Joko Widodo last December rejected any plea insisting the execution by firing squad was carried out early Sunday morning in the Nusakambangan Island Prison Complex.

Reports said a last-minute personal appeal by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to spare her countryman, Marco Moreira, and the Dutch government for its citizen, Ang Kiem Soei could not convince Indonesia President while the Attorney General Office’s spokesman Tony Spontana said such plea “will not change or delay the execution”.

“What we do is merely aimed at protecting our nation from the danger of drugs,” Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo told reporters Thursday. “There is no excuse for drug dealers, and hopefully this will have a deterrent effect.”

He said that Widodo refused Rousseff’s appeal by telephone to spare Moreira. The president told Rousseff that he could not commute the sentence because all judicial proceedings had followed Indonesian law and Moreira had been granted due process, Prasetyo said.

He said that the executions would not disturb Indonesia’s ties with those countries.

Amnesty International said the executions would be a setback to the new Indonesian government’s promise of improving respect for human rights.

Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws and often executes smugglers. More than 138 people are on death row, mostly for drug crimes. About a third of them are foreigners.

 

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