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How Innocent Nigerians In Indonesia Are Being Set Up For Drug Trafficking & Executed Without Mercy

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How Innocent Nigerians In Indonesia Are Being Set Up For Drug Trafficking & Executed Without Mercy

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August 22, 2016 – How Innocent Nigerians In Indonesia Are Being Set Up For Drug Trafficking & Executed Without Mercy

Sometimes I wonder if Nigerians are been set up in Indonesia for drug trafficking or if all of them are guilty of that crime that was committed.
Its something worth taking a close look at.

Nigerians should take a close look at the executions taking place in Indonesia because some of these guys might be forced or pressurized to admit crimes that they didn’t do. We should always look at things both ways before placing judgement on Nigerians in Indonesia.

If Indonesians wants to get rid of Nigerians from their country, they should just come out plain. I don’t trust them. if I would advised, Nigerians should avoid traveling 2 Indonesia for any purpose.

The executed convicts, Michael Titus Igweh, Nonso Kingsley Okonkwo and Humphrey Jefferson Ejike, had made passionate appeals to be spared but, according to the Indonesian government, the laws of their land had been broken and they had to pay.

While the fate of other death row convicts, including 21 more Nigerians is still unknown, we bring to you profiles of the three innocent convicts and how they were arrested.

Michael Titus Igweh

Michael Titus Igweh (real names Izuchukwu F. Ezimoha) was sentenced to death in 2003 after he was nabbed by the narcotic agency and the police in a raid on his apartment in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, in July, 2002, where the police found 48 kg of heroine in the operation.

Michael Titus Igweh

Though he had maintained his innocence till the end, the conviction was handed down on him on October 23, 2003, by the Tangerang District Court. Igweh who, until his arrest and conviction, was an importer of clothing materials from the Asian country, had maintained that he was implicated by two other suspects, Marlena and Izuchukwu Okoloaja, who later died in police custody following the torture they went through.

Michael Titus Igweh

In his appeal for clemency, Igweh had told the court that the police had at various times, electrocuted his genitals and he was forced to plead guilty to the offence.

Nonso Kingsley Okonkwo

Another Nigerian convict executed on Thursday, July 28, 2016, was Nonso Kingsley Okonkwo who was arrested on arrival at the Polonia Airport, Medan, on October 25, 2003. He had allegedly ingested 1.1kg of heroin and had passed the X-ray machines without detection until narcotics sniffer dogs found him out. While still pleading his innocence and claiming frame up, he was taken to a hospital where he was given drugs that made him excrete the heroin he had swallowed.

The police, during its investigations, were reported to have found that Okonkwo was a professional drug courier who had taken drugs into different countries like Pakistan,Thailand, Indonesia.

He was sentenced to death by the District Court (PN), in May 2004, while the High Court (PT), confirmed the sentence on August 16, 2004 and an appeal rejected on February 16, 2006.

He further appealed to the Indonesian Supreme Court on November 24, 2014, but the appeal was thrown out as well. He was sentenced by the presiding justices, PK Artidjo Alkostar and Sri Murwahyuni .

Humphrey Jefferson Ejike

Humphrey Jefferson Ejike, popularly called Doctor, was arrested on August 2, 2003 at a restaurant in Jalan Wahid Hasyim, Central Jakarta. A search conducted in his house allegedly came up with 1.7 kg of heroine and he was promptly sentenced to death by the Central Jakarta District Court (PN Jakpus), while the Jakarta High Court, also threw out his appeal.

Humphrey Jefferson Ejike

Though Ejike maintained his innocence till the end, claiming that the Indonesian government wanted to kill him because of their perception that most Nigerians are known for drug trafficking, the Supreme Court also rejected his appeal on 27 September 2007.

For their own safety, I urged all Africans especially Nigerians to avoid Indonesia and other Asian countries.

3 nigerians executed indonesia

You are not loved over there so why waste your precious lives….

[Article by Lady Zoe, NG fan formerly based in Indonesia]



  1. Dauda

    August 22, 2016 at 11:43 PM

    I disagree with this article in its entirety.
    It is very clear that most of them are from a particular region
    My question remains why them, why not other ***********?
    Yes I agree most of them may be innocent but not all

    • Stanley

      August 23, 2016 at 2:46 AM

      Why the **** are you so tribalic ? When 3 Nigerians were arrested for drug trafficking recently in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking, no one said they were from one region. Open up your mind man and condemn what is bad. Bad people can be found everywhere in the world, not minding religion, color or race


      August 23, 2016 at 11:31 AM

      Why do these people even claim Nigeria whenever they find themselves in troubles abroad while they agitate for Biafran State back home. They better own-up their Biafran identity and stop destroying the Nigeria image abroad.

      • Metu Nyetu

        August 23, 2016 at 4:51 PM

        @ABDELKHALEED, THAT IS the more reason why all haters of the Igbo tribe should join in the voice to actualize Biafra, so that we may leave with our dirty image, and leave you purified.

    • RAPO

      August 24, 2016 at 9:46 AM


  2. Keeping it real

    August 22, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Father lord, you are the judge of all judges and may there souls rest in perfect peace Amen!

  3. Danti

    August 23, 2016 at 1:19 AM

    Maybe Indonesia “*****” tribe is responsible for the set ups and killings!

  4. Metu Nyetu

    August 23, 2016 at 2:42 AM

    THE CASES of Michael Titus Igweh and Humphrey Jefferson Ejike look unreal to me, unlike Nonso Kingsley Okonkwo’s who actually excreted the substance he had ingested. How could that be frame up? Or did somebody spike his body with the substance without his knowledge?

    THE OTHER two guys seem to have a genuine plea of innocence. If they were actually given a name that ain’t theirs, well, we leave everything in God’s hands.

  5. Nelson

    August 23, 2016 at 3:07 AM

    Please the writer of this article should just keep this to him or her self, and avoid others the risk of falling prey. This is the kind of article that cam stir up ethnic hatred or crisis. Please keep this article to yourself, and prevent others from the risk of doing same. Nigerians are not fools. All those names you mentioned are from one particular part of the country. Or are you saying there is so much romance between Indonesian Government and other ethnic groups in Nigeria? please keep this your cock and bull story to yourself and pray for their souls. If you like, go to Indonesia tomorrow and carry drugs and see if you will be alive to tell the story. It is their law.

  6. carole

    August 23, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    there is something that is not clear i have personally stayed in Indonesia for the past 6 years and there is something i do not understand most of their prison are filled with blacks when you talk to them most of them are from Nigeria when you have the chance to speak with them and ask them why they are there they claim either drug or cyber crimes related charges my question is how come it is always some Nigerians, there is a trend that must be addressed i lived in Indonesia without any police problem one day because if you fellow their rules you will never have problems with their law

  7. Goodman

    August 23, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    The writer should be objective in writing . How can you say innocent Nigerians are been framed up , Is that how they frame up citizens from other Africa countries .

    The writer did not tell us Why they will frame up innocent Nigerians . Is there any Racial, Political ,Religious ,Ethnic ,Economic motive behind it .Please be objective when writing articles like this .

    Write articles or report that will discourage people who wish to get involved in these type of risky businesses . I am not judging them .I am not saying they are guilty or not .Let leave that to God to judge because he is the only one who know the hearth of man .

    If they are talking of prostitution we know the region that will dominate the list
    When you talk of Market like this we also know the region that will dominate .

    Leave judgement to God let others learn lesson that framed or not framed crime does not pay .

  8. Tobi

    August 23, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Yes they do I blame our people who date their woman because they pay their women to set up the Nigerians over there
    I spend three years in Thailand and I do visit Indonesia one day in Thai my girl friend told me that a man confronted her with offer to set me up because of the love she had for me she couldn’t do it and she advice I change my location fast before they will find other means
    that is how I left the place immediately

  9. Endure

    August 23, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    I want to make it clear that every country has the right to enact a law criminalising drug trafficking and making every effort to prevent those illicit drugs from gaining access to their country. And who ever transgress such law would be liable to punishment according to the law of the country. Every other country that has this law in place banning drug trafficking will do exactly what the indonesians did to this men above. So the question of the righter discouraging nigerians from traveling to indonesia or asia at large should be out of this. We have many well meaning nigerians who are law abiding citizens living in those asia countries at the same time making huge amount of money in a legal way. What good will consuming a raw hard drug like cocaine,heroin and the like do to ones life other than causing mental and physical hazard to the health. Every thinking person will oppose the taking of these illicit drugs in the society. And that is what some of our nigerians that are head strong and risk taker are busy engaging themselves in. For God’s sake economy meltdown of our country should not justify engaging in illegal businesses that do not just violate international law but could cost our lives.

    Furthermore, in view of the high degree of boom in this illegal business, the nigerian president will highly be remembered if he go ahead in probing and overhauling our NATIONAL DRUGS AND LAWS ENFORCEMENT AGENCY “NDLEA”. And in order to redeem our country’s image internationally, the subsequent newly appointed ones in key positions of leadership in the organisation have to step up the fight against trafficking in illicit hard drugs as the case maybe so as to prevent the incessant killings of our nationals caught with violating international law on illegal drug trafficking.

  10. Yinka

    August 23, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    So……. drugs are found in some people’s residences/properties and they claim to be innocent???? How does that work???? Please…. if you have oil on your body do not walk near fire.

  11. ijgirl

    August 23, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Welcome to 9ja whr pple do drug and are applauded forit. You see ur lives, u re pointing accusing fingers on the govt, when the entire masses are bad too. Corrupt pple everywhere, whoever that wrote this article, I don’t av words to say, untill ur own children start taking cocaine, wicked pple. Do u know how many pple cocaine have destroyed their lives. Simple and short, their cup is filled and the cries of parents that drugs has rendered thier children Useless have reached heaven against, them. May everyone doing drug trafficking, may their teenage sons and daughters also be among the lives that will be destroyed by cocaine evil people

    • omarated

      December 11, 2016 at 8:33 PM

      nice talk my dear

  12. Lady D

    August 23, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Typical Nigerian excuses in this write up. they know the rules and regulations of these countries. the writer writing with sentiment towards Nigerians. The truth is bitter. You commit a crime, you pay the consequences. Period.

  13. debby

    August 23, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    mr president buhari, What are you saying ooo? u are not looking into this.

  14. Jilo

    August 23, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    That part of the World believe strongly in death penalty. In that case why can’t we change our route if we know there may be conspiracy to eliminate all Nigerians. To me personally, I believe these guys purportedly putting their life at risky by constantly visiting that Country. I will be scared and really be careful to visit that Country even if it a VISA free country, just because of their strict law, I have to ponder on my plan before heading there.

    Indonesia is not Nigeria where you can talk your way out through some criminal defense lawyers who will prove wrong to be right. However, there may be element of true that the people in that Country may have shown a strong dislike towards us due to our past criminal background but that does not mean every Nigeria is a criminal.

    There are some countries that may not impose death sentence even if you were caught with hard drugs. Why not shift your orientation toward those Countries?. Is it compulsory to visit that Country?

  15. ogunlana gbenga j.

    August 23, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    My question is;why indonesia of all country? Is it that the country is the only place where these illicit drugs sell the most or make the most profit? I think the problem with the average nigerian is GREED.we are too desparate and too much in a hurry to get rich at all cost,so that we can oppress those around is high time we get rid of this our ‘get rich quick’mentality and stop embarassing the name of this great country of ours NIGERIA,so that the labour of our heroes past will not be in vain.

  16. D Hunter

    August 23, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Well said @Jilo. The question is: what‘s even so special about that country by the way?

    I see no wisdom in any illicit business like drug trafficking that will even put me in harm‘s way. Especially in a country that will have tied to a pole at the end of the day and send some hot bullets into my skoll for the public veiwing pleasure.

    If at all the accusation levied against here is debatable as to whether they accused actually did it or not, is drug trafficking the only thing to do in foreign countries? Are there no other legitimate businesses to engage in?

    To all the Nigerians in all Asian countries… If where you are living cannot change you, you change where you are living, simple.

    Still strolling…

  17. fifelomo

    August 23, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    This is so sad, may the souls of the departed rip.

  18. 90% Of 9ja Crimes

    August 24, 2016 at 4:09 AM

    It is a great regret to every lost of Lives especially Nigerians for that matter. I have always portrate myself as a good and patriotic Nigerinas everywher i go jsut as i blv majority of all does. Am i also right to say tht every tribe in Nigeria has contribute to the detriment of Nigerian image worldwide in one way all d other, in my 42yrs of existence and haven be able to travel to different countries especially western country i think AM RIGHT TO SAY 90% OF CRIMES COMMITTED BY NIGERIANS WORLDWIDE ARE COMMITTTED BY THE IBOS (YES OYINGBO)….I dont knw if is the greed or quest for a quick wealth BUT i blv it is high time the ppl in the east sud seat up and arise to the situation by training thier new coming generation (Not this generation cos we no go listen to advice anymore IS TOO LATE)…tHEY SAY CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME
    NOTE: The above assumptions are in my own opinion and i might be wrong…Add Delete or Comment

    • Ego

      August 24, 2016 at 8:50 AM

      The people that commit the worst crime abroad are the Yorubas. You need to do your research properly before writing.

  19. omolabake

    August 24, 2016 at 5:46 AM

    Why can’t people do without pointing fingers. Whether ibo,yoruba or Hausa these are Hunan beings and they are Nigerians. Please stop being racists

    • RAPO

      August 24, 2016 at 9:50 AM


  20. fifelomo

    August 24, 2016 at 7:47 AM

    What are doing in a borrowed land? wrong place at the wrong time.

  21. Ego

    August 24, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    After reading this write up I can see the link between the three men mentioned. I think the one that was caught at the airport implicated the other two.
    It’s so saddling that Izuvhukwu was 21 years when he was arrest and spent 14 years of his life in prison before being executed. It’s just a pity Nigerians won’t learn.

  22. sola olaniyi

    August 24, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    must we always discriminate in Nigeria..what has ethnic got to do with this now

  23. Maryf

    August 31, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    They should return home where they will have rest of mind. I don’t know what they’re looking for over there where they’re being treated like animals

  24. Ajara

    November 12, 2016 at 5:19 PM

    So sad. This people are heartless. Nigerians and all other Africans should leave their country. I believe if not all but some are innocent.

  25. Seye

    December 21, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    If our country is good and things are working the way it should, i doubt if all these will be happening. While i disagree completely with the ‘business’ of drug trafficking and also condemned it totally, an offense i feel should actually carry stiffer penalty, i am troubled about the way our youths are often sentenced to their early graves abroad. I also want to appeal to us all on the need to eschew ethnic sentiment on this issue and face the fact that life generally is sacred. i always feel serious pains whenever young and middle aged Nigerians were tied to the stake and hot bullet rained into their flesh. Sad and painful. I plead with our leaders to please do something, this country is badly run.

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