… Promises To Negotiate Release Of 12 Other Drug Traffickers
Nigeria has expressed disappointment at the Indonesian government after that country executed two Nigerians for drug trafficking in that country at the weekend.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Aminu Wali, on behalf of the Federal Government, summoned the Indonesian Ambassador to register Nigeria’s protest over the execution.
A statement issued by the Director of Public Communication, Mr Ogbole Amedu-Ode, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed the country’s disappointment at the execution despite cordial relationship between the two nations.
Part of the statement said: “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 excellent relations that subsist between Nigeria and Indonesia,’’ the ministry said.
“Thus, the foreign minister has summoned the Indonesian Ambassador to register Nigeria’s protest.
However, the Federal Government appealed to Nigerians to desist from drug trafficking.
The ministry said that the Federal Government would continue to engage their Indonesian counterparts in negotiating a Prisoner Transfer Agreement to enable other convicted Nigerians to return home to serve their prison terms.