The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Nigeria couldn’t influence the decision made by the Arab government in exiting the life of Kudirat Abiola, a widow with two children who was indicted for drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia. Before she was executed on April 1st 2019, The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the embassy, in a statement, noted that death sentence is only carried out after all proofs and legal evidence have been exhausted regarding the accused person.
In regards to the deceased Afolabi, the Saudi embassy reaffirmed that all legal and judicial procedures were followed in her case, she was accorded every legal right before the implementation of the death sentence.
“The death sentence is only carried out in the Kingdom after all proofs and legal evidence have been exhausted regarding the accused, and the process goes through various legal stages until the allegations against the detained persons have been proven beyond reasonable doubt.
“Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs was always in consultation with foreign embassies and consulates in the Kingdom and facilitated visits from nationals of detainees,” the statement read in part.
The embassy stressed that the penalty for drug trafficking is the death sentence and that it is applicable to all persons convicted without any exceptions.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not neglect the enforcement of penalties in terms of matters of drug trafficking and is determined to apply the law on any person against whom evidence is established in order to combat drug trafficking and protect its citizens from this dangerous menace.”
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa made this known on Friday, April 5, 2019.
In an interview with newsmen in Abuja, Abike in her statement expressed disappointment over the arrest of the Nigerian saying it happened shortly after a Nigerian woman was executed in the country.
She said, “The sad thing is that amidst of talking about 20 Nigerians on death row, even as eight had been executed, just yesterday (Thursday), another Nigerian, Wahid Somade, was arrested at Jeddah Airport with about 1,138g of cocaine.
“The latest one would be added to those that could be executed.
“We keep appealing to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure that their trial is fair.”
The presidential aide said the government has paid a condolence visit to Kudirat Afolabi’s family.
“After informing her family, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially released the name of the lady that was executed in Saudi Arabia a few days ago and her name is Kudirat Afolabi, a widow and a mother of two.
“We pay our condolence to the family and keep begging Nigerians to obey the laws of other countries; and Saudi has replied us officially, saying their law is their law.
“However, diplomatic engagement will continue at the highest level.
“It does not matter where you come from, you hold a green passport. Do not let a few people denigrate everyone of us.”
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