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Nigeria reacts to execution, arrest of citizens in Saudi, Dubai

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ABIKE Dabiri- Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora has described the execution of a Nigerian woman by Saudi Arabian government over drug related matters as very pathetic and tragic.

In a statement by her media aide, Abdur-RahmanBalogun in Abuja, she said the news of the execution of the woman over drug matters in Saudi Arabia was painful despite repeated warnings to Nigerians in that country to be law abiding.

” This particular execution is very worrisome especially when over eight Nigerians have been killed in the past few years over the same issue in Saudi Arabia,”she said.

She said over 20 Nigerians are currently on death row in Saudi Arabia and many are in prisons serving various jail terms.

“Our major concern, however, is whether the trial was fair to the convicts as the trial was not open and some of them were said to be implicated without a defense counsel.

Dabiri –Erewa said that Nigerian Government had made some pleas on behalf of some Nigerians with the Saudi Arabian Government to temper justice with mercy which had not yielded positive results.

“We are appealing again to our citizens to avoid crimes and criminality in Saudi Arabia and other countries and be good ambassadors to Nigeria any where they go,” she added.

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry said four people were executed on Monday for drug trafficking, including one woman, bringing to 53 the number of people put to death this year.

Two Pakistani men, a Yemeni man and a Nigerian woman were executed in the Holy city of Makkah, the ministry said in a statement.

In a related development,  Abike Dabiri-Erewa has also condemned the act of five Nigerians arrested for alleged robbery of 2.3 million Dinars in Sharjah Area of Dubai, UAE.

The five suspects who were on visitors visas to Dubai were; Chimuanya Emmanuel Ozoh, Benjamin Nwachukwu Ajah, Kingsley Ikenna Ngoka,Tochukwu Leonard Alisi and Chile Micah Ndunagu.

A statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the SSA, Abdur-Rahman Balogun said the action of the five Nigerians is condemnable.

She described the action of the Nigerians in a foreign land as despicable and shameful as it was not in accordance with good character of Nigerians.

Dabiri-Erewa also advised embassies to screen applicants for visa and ensure that they are of good character. The five Nigerians had allegedly stormed a money exchange in Sharjah and fled with 2.3 million Dinars before they were arrested by the Dubai Police.

According to the Police, the men barged into the exchange and smashed the glass barrier between the customers and the staff, stole the money in multiple currencies and fled.

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