Groups condemn execution of Nigerians in Indonesia

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Human rights groups, Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEDAP, and Avocats Sans Frontières France, ASF France, have condemned the recent execution of two Nigerians by the Indonesian government.

The groups gave the condemnation on Wednesday in separate interviews in Lagos.

The Nigerians, Daniel Enemuo and Solomon Chibuike Okafor, were executed alongside five others for drug trafficking on Monday.

Others executed were from Brazil, Indonesia, Malawi, the Netherlands and Vietnam.

The National Coordinator, LEDAP, Chino Obiagwu, condemned the executions, noting that the organisation was totally against the use of the death penalty under any circumstances.

He said the use of the death penalty, whether in Nigeria or anywhere in the world is very cruel, especially in a situation where there is no guarantee for fair trial.

On her part, Head of Office, ASF France, Nigeria, Angela Uwandu, said the organisation was in the fore front for the abolishment of the death penalty.

She noted that the deceased persons alleged crimes did not fall within the serious crimes under the international law. Ms. Uwandu said: “We condemn the execution of the Nigerians.

“However, it is an opportunity to remind the Nigerian government that the death penalty should not have any place in our criminal justice system in the 21st century,” she said.

(NAN)


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