The Execution Of Two Nigerians In Indonesia
The Federal Government has received with huge disappointment the tragic news of the execution by firing squad of two Nigerians, Messers Solomon Chibuike Okafor, (Alias Namaona Denils) and Daniels Enemuo, (Alias Diarrassoube Mamadou) by the Government of Indonesia. The Nigerians were executed for drug offences at the Island of Nusakambangu in Cilacap, Central Java Province. Also executed with them were two women one each from Indonesia and Vietnam, two Brazilians, and one Dutch national (The Netherlands).
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.
The Federal Government seizes this opportunity to express its sympathy and condolences to the families of the deceased. It reiterates its appeal to all Nigerians to desist from drug trafficking which attracts the capital punishment in Indonesia and in many other countries around the world.
The Government will 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. Thus, the
Foreign Minister has summoned the Indonesian Ambassador to register Nigeria's protest.
Meantime, it strongly appeals, once again, to the Indonesian authorities to exercise clemency for other 12 Nigerians on the death row in the country.
Ogbole Amedu Ode
Public Communication Division
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
18th January 2015.