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132 Nigerians Awaiting Execution In Asia: 120 On Death Row In China, 11 In Indonesia, 1 In Singapore

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May 3rd, 2015 – 132 Nigerians Awaiting Execution In 3 Asian Countries: 120 On Death Row In China, 11 To Be Executed In Indonesia, 1 In Singapore

Nigeria stands to lose no fewer than 132 citizens who are on death row in various prisons across Indonesia, China and Singapore.

While the Taiwan Embassy in Abuja denied knowledge of any Nigerian on death role in its country, the story is totally different in Indonesia who, last week, put four Nigerians to death by firing squad.

Sunday Sun investigation at the Indonesian Embassy, Abuja, revealed that 11 Nigerians are currently on death row, having been sentenced to death at various times by Indonesian courts.

They were sentenced to death on drug-related offences, which largely centered on being in possession of heroin and other narcotics.

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Obinna Nwajagu, Michael Titus Igwe, Hillary .K. Chimezie, Stephen Rasheed Akinyemi, Humphrey Ijike alias Doctor, Gap Nadi alias Papa, are some Nigerians whom the Indonesian government may execute any time from now.

Others awaiting death in Indonesia include, Eugene Ape alias Felixe, Ekfere Dike Ale Kamal alias Samuel, Seck Osmane/Cajetan Uchenna Onyenworo, Samuel Iwuchukwu Okoye and Hansen Anthony Nwaolisa.

Some human rights groups had sometime in April 2013, petitioned the National Assembly over the fate of 14 Nigerians awaiting death in Indonesia.

The groups, World Alliance for Against Terrorism, Violence and Inhuman Treatment and Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), also urged the federal government to wade into the matter.

But in spite of pleas for clemency by the Nigerian government, Indonesia known for its hard stance on drug offences, has never shied away from carrying out capital punishment on drug-related offences in its country.

For instance, prior to the execution of Messrs Martin Anderson, Okwudili Oyatanze, Jaminu Abashin and Sylvester Obiekwe by the Government of Indonesia for drug-related offences last week on the island of Nusakambangan, the Indonesian government had executed two Nigerians, Daniel Enemuo and Solomon Chibuike Oka-for on January 18 this year.

A helpless Nigerian Ambassador to Indonesia, Muhammad Suleiman, had in his recent correspondence to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, following the execution of the four Nigerians, bemoaned the resurgence of drug crime in Indonesia.

He had in his report, told Wali that while pleas by President Goodluck Jonathan and Wali were being pursued, seven fresh cases had emerged, which made it impossible for something concrete to be done in the case of Nigerians involved in drug related-offences in Indonesia.

However, the case of China seems to be more alarming considering that execution of drug offenders by the Chinese government is done in a well-packaged manner which most times, does not draw the attention of the general public.

For instance, a check at the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, revealed that on December 19, 2014, one Obiora Ifekpolugwo was executed in China and this did not draw both local and international attention.

Similarly, Sunday Sun source at the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that two Nigerians were also executed in China on April 24.

But in spite of this development, a total number of 120 Nigerians are still on death row in China for drug sales/drug smuggling offences.

When contacted on the number of Nigerians on death row in China, the Chinese Deputy Ambassador, Mr Zhang Bin, said the embassy does not have such figures, directing Sunday Sun to the Consular Department of the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Checks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that in Beijing Yancheng, three Nigerians are on death row (2012 statistics), while a correspondence by the Consulate-General of Nigeria in Guangzhou, China, dated January 7, 2015, showed that 74 Nigerians are currently on death row in Guangdong and Guangxi provinces.

Others include: Quingpu, Shanghai (1); Dongguan prison (3), with self-acclaimed Nigerians (9); Huizhou prison (7), with self-acclaimed Nigerians (3); and Yinde (19), with one self-acclaimed Nigerian (2012 statistics).

In Singapore, only one Nigerian is reported to be on death row, according to the Nigerian Ambassador to Singapore, Nonye Rajis-Okpara.

Speaking from Singapore, Rajis-Okpara said the Nigerian Embassy in Singapore applied about a year ago to the Singaporean president that the death sentence be commuted to life imprisonment and that the government was still looking into it.

“Because of this, I am not at liberty to release the name,” Rajis-Okpara told the Sunday Sun correspondent, even as she said five Nigerians were still in Singapore prisons for drug -offences.

Rajis-Okpara also added that due to the Singaporean laws, drug-related offences had gone down, while also noting that the Singaporean borders were not like others.

At the Taiwan Embassy in Abuja, an official of the embassy who pleaded anonymity told Sunday Sun that he was not sure if any Nigerian was on death row in country

He, however, added, “many years ago, there was one Nigerian who was caught doing drugs from Taiwan to China and sentenced to life imprisonment. But it was cut short due to his good behaviour in prison. That means that there is no one at the moment.”

Several efforts to get the numbers of Nigerians on death row in Malaysia were unsuccessful as an official of the embassy told Sunday Sun that the ambassador who is responsible for providing such information was unavailable.

[Reported By Sunday Sun]



  1. Mark Orjiabor

    May 3, 2015 at 1:12 AM

    Nigerians should stop this waka waka attitude of theirs, I want to believe half of the convicts are innocent

  2. Ikegod

    May 3, 2015 at 4:36 AM

    So without drugs you guys will not suceed? If the law says anyone caught with drugs will be executed and you know it and yet involved yourself in drugs that means you have already decided death or life so you dont worth been pity. I only pray for the innocent ones or those who were deceived like the girl on row with the four nigerians executed last week to be vindicated

    • isokoboy

      May 3, 2015 at 8:50 AM

      99% might be from east


        May 4, 2015 at 6:04 PM


  3. isokoboy

    May 3, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    believe me, 99% might be from east

  4. Lar

    May 3, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    These countries already have their laws which frowns at drug crimes. I don’t want to feel pity for any one duely arraigned and prosecuted having found guilty because they knew the implications of their actions ahead of time, yet, went ahead and committed themselves. There are legit concerns out there where you can make real money without having you or your family loose any sleep. Until we purge our selves of greed and quest for quick illegal wealth, this executions shall continue to happen and the Government of Nigeria should stop interfering in this, less we are seen as aiding and abaiting drug crimes as a Nation. Whoever don’t want to die MUST stop.


    May 3, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Its amazing how a single race that is not even dominant tribe in Nigeria will be in majority of all the criminal news that involves Nigerians both at home and abroad. Every society has its own bad elements but what could explain the prevalence of criminality from the people of the East. Each time they talk about being traders and self reliant in whatever businesses they do, they hardly spare time to address the criminality that has become a trademark of a tribe and that it seem a geneological behavioural problem has eaten deep in the carracter pattern of an average marouding young Easterners, a criminal tendency that has become inherently pervertent to an extent the new generations of the people from the East have come to accept criminality as a foundation point to start business. Criminal statistics in Nigeria, West African sub-region and beyond indicates the majority of these same tribe from Nigeria dominates foreigners serving prision terms or, are variously under investigations for all manner of crimes. All other Nigerian tribes have their criminal records though but what could be responsible for the prevalence of unprecidented criminal record by a single tribe, while among other lots still constantly make a case for marginalisations and yet their behaviour and languages sets them further far apart from the rest. The elders should not sit by and watch helplessly see a whole generation continue to chat an undignifying route to deceptive “success”. The mentality of the youth from the East should be recaliberated and be made to embrase an orientation that life achievements do not lie in acquiring money at any cost even if it takes ones life, afterall Chinua Achebe’s achivements and successes will be difficult to surpass by today’s hungry money chasers of the young generations anyway.

  6. Remi

    May 3, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    i have begin to believe that this people are setting them up, it too much to bear, i know so many Countries sees Nigerians with bad eyes, i know one thing must surely kill a man, but not executing them, life is full of Wckedness, the pple that condemmed this guys, their children might be the worst on this game, who will talk, u pple should stop Execution. God is watching u,

  7. femi adewale

    May 3, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Pls don’t messing Nigerians all around stop this drugs attitude for God name

  8. Okoli festus

    May 3, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    We the igbos have to tell ourselves the truth. We worship money and so don’t care where the money comes from and as such we taint the image of the country. check out the names of the dud we as a people get to this. We were once known to be hard working and enterprising.

  9. jemila

    May 3, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Asia countries don’t like foreigners being black or white. Most of this people are victims of false accusations.

  10. **sus is d Prophet of Allah

    May 3, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    It’s alarming that 99.9% of the convicts are Igbo. A lot needs to be done by the elders of this region in educating it people to lessen their love for money

  11. ben

    May 4, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    most of them don’t know that the penalty is death sentence. they were tricked by the drug barons.

  12. Andrew A

    May 4, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    If our leaders I mean African leaders are not do corrupt our youngster would not end up this way, when they graduate from schools with no employment they end up this way, the money’s our leaders are hiding in swiss bands can be used to create more jobs, what happens to mother Africa when the continent is brain drain due to poverty our Youths leaves for greener pastures.

  13. From Hong Kong

    June 20, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    False accusations? That is a false accusation. Not everyone is out to get Nigerians you know. You go to a country and don’t learn the laws, then get arrested for breaking the law, that is your fault and you pay.

  14. o2

    March 17, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    F**k all Asian countries, M****im pieces of shits, Acting and behaving like Wild Animals, Illiteracy killing them all.

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