Fresh hope has been raised for Nigerian nationals on death penalty in Indonesia as the Federal Government has pleaded with the government of the country to change the death penalty to life imprisonment.
The plea was made on Monday, June 5, 2017 by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, via a joint communique issued at the end of a bilateral meeting between him and and Mrs Retno Marsudi his counterpart from Indonesia.
He said: “On consular issues, Nigeria recognises the drugs emergency situation in Indonesia and pleaded for commuting death penalty to life imprisonment.”
Statistics have shown that about 50 Nigerians are serving various jail terms for different offences in Indonesia with about 11 of them on death row.
A Human Rights Organisation known as Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEPAD disclosed that about 300 Nigerians were currently on death row in prisons across Asian countries since 2016, and charged the federal government to beef up efforts in order to bring relief to Nigerians on death penalty in foreign countries, Punch reported.
Statistics at the disposal of LEPAD revealed that 120 Nigerians faced the prospects of death in Chinese prisons, and over 170 in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and five in Qatar, United Arab Emirate and Saudi Arabia.
The organisation estimated that about 16,500 Nigerians were being held abroad, while most of those on death row were convicted of drug-related crimes.
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