Report of execution of 23 Nigerians in Saudi Arabia untrue – FG

Geoffrey-Onyeama

The report making the rounds that 23 Nigerians allegedly convicted for drug offences in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, have been executed, is not true, according to the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In a statement by its spokesman, Mr Ferdinard Nwonye, the ministry stated on Tuesday in Abuja that “the attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to recent reports in the media that 23 Nigerians convicted for drug offences in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have been executed.

“The ministry is in contact with the Nigerian Mission in Saudi Arabia and it has been confirmed that the story is false and should be disregarded.

“The ministry is investigating claims that most of the trials were carried out without adequate legal representation for the accused persons in accordance with internationally accepted legal principles.

“Furthermore, the Nigerian Mission was not informed of the arrests and trials.

“The Federal Government is, therefore, engaging the Saudi authorities through diplomatic channels with a view to finding a just solution,” the statement read in part.

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