The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Aminu Wali, has summoned the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria over the execution of two Nigerians, Solomon Okafor (Alias Namaona Denils) and Daniels Enemuo (Alias Diarrassoube Mamadou) by firing squad in Indonesian
The pair were executed 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 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.”