As 14 Nigerians sentenced to death by Indonesian authority await execution, some human rights groups have petitioned the National Assembly to prevail on the Presidency to wade into the matter and save the lives of the affected citizens.
Addressing newsmen in Akure at the weekend, the President of the World Alliance against Terrorism, Violence and Inhuman Treatment (WATVIT), Mr. Anthony Orunkoya stated that the national pride would be destroyed if the Federal Government closed its eyes to the plight of the 14 Nigerians awaiting death for various offences in Indonesia.
Aside the 14 persons on the death row, Orunkoya disclosed that 31 others who are Nigerians are currently serving various jail terms in different prisons in that country for various offences. He said investigation carried out by his organisation revealed that out of the 16 condemned Nigerians, two of them, Samuel Iwuchukwu Okoye and Hassan Anthony Nwolisa were executed on June 28, 2008, while one Augustine Ogbonna died in mysterious circumstance in prison custody in September, 2008.
Orunkoya gave the names of the 14 Nigerians who are awaiting death by execution in Indonesia as, Martins Anderson alias ‘Bello’ from Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State; Kingsley Okonkwo from Onitsha in Anambra State; Obinna Nwajagu, a native of Ufuma town in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State; Sylvester Nwolisa from Idemili, Anambra State; Humphrey Ejike, who is a native of Isukuato in Abia State and Usman from Ihiala in Anambra State.
Others are, Emmanuel Ihejirika from Ebonyi State; Daniel Enemuo, who hails from Udi town in Enugu State and Michael Titus, Okwudili Ayataeze, Oziazi Sibamda all from Idemili. The rest as given by the human rights activist include, Eugene Ape, a native of Nsukka in Enugu State, as well as Fredrick Luther and Denis Anumona, both from Anambra State.
He told Journalists that a petition had been written and sent to the two chambers of the National Assembly and the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), appealing and seeking the intervention of the Federal Government. “A lot of petitions had been written in the past by concerned groups to the Federal Government in respect of this issue. Sequel to the earlier petitions, the President of Indonesia visited Nigeria and assured the then president, Late Umaru Musa Yar’adua that the matter will be looked into. But since then, nothing has been done to secure the release of the people.”
Orunkoya expressed dismay that Nigeria did not avail itself of the opportunity of the visit of Indonesian President, Mr. Suuilo Bambang Yudhoyono to the country to pressurise Indonesia to get relief for the troubled Nigerians. He further posited that a high level delegation, comprising of members of human rights organisations would be sent to the Houses of Assembly of the states of origin of the 14 Nigerians to further increase pressure on the Federal Government to resume negotiation with relevant Indonesian authorities on the matter.
Source: The Sun