Three Nigerians executed by firing squad in Indonesia
Reports have it that Indonesia has executed three Nigerians by firing squad for drug trafficking. The three Nigerians and one Indonesian were executed Thursday night in the city of Nusakambangan, despite appeals for mercy by the international community.
Three more Nigerians are among 10 other convicts on death row – awaiting the firing squad. BBC reports that the remaining 10 convicts are expected to be put to death in the coming days.
Altogether, the 14 condemned persons include six Nigerians, four Indonesians, two Zimbabweans, one Indian and one Pakistani.
Community Legal Aid Institute, an organisation involved in some of the death-row cases, gave the names of the 14 condemned persons as:
According to the list, the six condemned Nigerians are:
- Eugene Ape (Nigeria),
- Humphrey Jefferson (Nigeria),
- Obinna Nwajagu (Nigeria),
- Michael Titus (Nigeria),
- Okonkwo Nonso Kingsley (Nigeria),
- Ozias Sibanda (Nigeria),
- Seck Osmane (South Africa),
- Fredi Budiman (Indonesia),
- Merri Utami (Indonesia),
- Gurdip Singh (India),
- Zulfiqar Ali (Pakistan),
- Frederick Luttar (Zimbabwe),
- Agus Adi (Indonesia),
- Pujo Lestari (Indonesia),
The Island nation of Indonesia ignored appeals from family, rights advocates and foreign governments to abandon plans to execute the six Nigerians and eight other nationals for drug crimes.
Indeed, as preparations intensified at the prison island holding the death-row inmates, a convoy of ambulances, most of them carrying coffins, arrived on Thursday morning at the port town nearest to the Nusakambangan prison island, where the mostly foreign drug convicts are executed by firing squads.
Officials began tightening security at the prison several days ago, with more than 1,000 police sent to Cilacap, the port town, and the island.