With the Indonesian government giving notice of barely 72 hours before the execution of condemned prisoners, including four Nigerians who were convicted for drug trafficking, there has been several calls by international human rights groups opposed to the death sentence, for the Nigerian government to instruct its embassy in the Asian country, to intervene and possibly save the convicts.
ABC Current Affairs News reports that of the 14 prisoners on the list to be executed after President Joko Widodo, denied them a last minute appeal for clemency, insisting his government is fighting a war against drugs and traffickers must be harshly punished, the four Nigerians, prominent among them beingMichael Titus Igweh, (whose appeal last week was thrown away), and Humphrey Ejike Jefferson, could be executed by Friday, July 29, 2016.
The execution date was confirmed by Deputy Pakistani ambassador, Syed Zahid Raza, who urged the Nigerian embassy to visit the convicts and see what can be done to get a stay of execution for now while the country try to get them pardoned or at most, get their sentences commuted to life imprisonment.
In a series of tweet by Samantha Hawley, he ABC’s Indonesia Correspondent and bureau chief, the Amnesty International and other bodies that are opposed to the death sentence has been calling on the Indonesian government to suspend the execution but with the convicts having been transferred to Nusakambangan prison island, where the country normally puts convicts to death, the four Nigerians could well pay the supreme price.
Read Hawley’s tweets here.