While condemning the execution of 8 persons for drug related offences in Indonesia, the federal government Nigeria on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 demanded a repatriation of the remains of the 4 Nigerians who were among the victims.
The FG commiserated with the families of the deceased and assured that they would be given decent burials by their various communities.
This was contained in a terse statement from the Public Communications Division of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja.
The slain Nigerians include Martin Anderson, Okwudili Oyatanze, Jaminu Abashin and Sylvester Obiekwe.
Meanwhile, in as much as the President Goodluck Jonathan pleaded for clemency before the victims were executed, he warned Nigerians to desist from drug trafficking and other offences.
Part of the statement said, “The Federal Government of Nigeria has received with deep disappointment, news of the execution of four Nigerians ─ Martin Anderson, Okwudili Oyatanze, Jaminu Abashin and Sylvester Obiekwe ─ by the government of Indonesia for drug-related offences.
“These executions have taken place despite spirited pleas for clemency made at the highest level by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, and more recently by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali.
“The Federal Government wishes to express its condolences to the families of the deceased.
“It has asked the Indonesian government for the repatriation of the remains of the executed persons so that they can be accorded decent burials by their various communities.
“Furthermore, government is committed to engage the government of Indonesia and other friendly countries regarding the conclusion of Prisoner Transfer Agreements and other bilateral means of safeguarding the interest and welfare of Nigerians.”
The convicts were reportedly taken to the Nusakambangan Island where they were executed by firing squad in the early hours of Wednesday, April 29, 2015.
Some very sad photos of the burial of the executed victims who were reportedly singing before they were finally fired to death by the 13-man firing squad.
President Joko Widodo, of Indonesia has staunchly defended the execution,maintaining that he was merely applying “the rule of law” against narcotics traffickers.