At least 23 Nigerians are on the death row list in Saudi Arabia for “drug-related offences”, The Nation reports.
Citing a document, the daily newspaper said the Nigerians were convicted for contravening the narcotic and psychotropic substances control law, which is punishable by death.
They were said to have been arrested between 2016 and 2017 at Prince Muhammad bin Abdu- Aziz International Airport, Madinah and King Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Jeddah having concealed the banned substances in their rectums.
The names of the convicted persons were given as Abdul Raimi Awela Ajibola; Adam Idris Abubakar; Adeniyi Adebayo Zikri; Biola Lawal; Idris Adewuumi Adepoju; Jimoh Idhola Lawal; Lolo Babatunde; Saka Zakaria; Sulaiman Tunde; Tunde Ibrahim; and Yusuf Makeen Ajiboye.
Others are Adebayo Zakariya; Aisha Muhammad Amira; Alaja Olufunke Alalaoe Abdulqadir; Aliu Muhammad; Amina Ajoke Alobi; Fawsat Balagun Alabi; Ibrahim Chiroma; Isa Abubakar Adam; Hafis Amosu; Ms. Funmilayo Omoyemi Bishi; Ms. Mistura Yekini; and Kuburat Ibrahim.
This is coming a few weeks after the Saudi authorities executed Kudirat Afolabi for drug trafficking and Saheed Sobade, another Nigerian, reportedly nabbed with 1,183 grams of cocaine powder in Jeddah.
Defending the stance of the kingdom of drug trafficking, Adnan Mahmod Bostaji, Saudi ambassador to Nigeria, said sentences are only administered when there is evidence.
He insisted that the country’s legal system is transparent and fair. Bostaji said that about 1.5 million Nigerians live in the country and are engaged in legitimate businesses.
He said that they are not subjected to any form of molestation. (The Cable)
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