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Indonesian Ambassador To Nigeria Defends Execution Of 4 Nigerians, Says 50 Drug Victims Die Monthly

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Indonesian Ambassador To Nigeria Defends Execution Of 4 Nigerians, Says 50 Drug Victims Die Monthly

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May 1st, 2015 – Indonesian Ambassador To Nigeria Defends Execution Of 4 Nigerians, Says 50 Drug Victims Die Monthly

The execution of four Nigerians and other nationals on Tuesday by the Indonesia government followed the due process, the country’s ambassador to Nigeria, Harry Purwanto, has said.

Purwanto, who spoke in Abuja on Thursday after he was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the execution was carried out strictly in accordance with the legal proceedings and therefore in order.

Jamiu Owolabi Abashin (50), Martin Anderson (50), Okwudili Oyatanze (41) and Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise (47), were the four Nigerians executed on Tuesday in Indonesia for drug related offenses.

Speaking to diplomatic correspondents after meeting with the ministry top brass, Purwanto explained that there was nothing that could be done to save the four as the court had ruled over the case.

“There was nothing we could do for those four Nigerians because every legal process was completed and only then did the government of Indonesia implemented decision of the court,” the ambassador stated.

He said necessary opportunity was provided for the convicts for the 10 years the case lasted, adding that his government suspended the moratorium on death penalty due to the gravity and dangerous impact of drugs on their country.

He explained that his country suffers from the harsh reality of the drug trafficking as about 4.5 million of Indonesia citizens especially the youth, are affected by the narcotics, while only about 1.8 million of them have been rehabilitated.

He added that between 33 to 50 drug victims die every month, describing the development as unfortunate.

The envoy, who also spoke on the Prisoner Transfer Agreement between both countries, said that would only be possible with a new legislation.



  1. Amanda

    May 1, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    That’s it. Trafficking drugs into another country puts the country’s citizen at risk. Tough crimes deserve tough measures. Indonesia may not be able to afford life sentence. Are their families going to feed them in prison?..of-course not. So folks complaining about this capital punishment not being right need to THINK.

    Dont go to another country to commit crime. America also would cite their citizens safety even if drug pushers are jailed for life. Let’s be reasonable and reason with Indo’s action.

    Those people quoting Bible and those who condemn the punishment, rarely talked about crimes these jerk committed. Drug is evil. Simple as that.

    Maybe in the future (if drug trafficking declines) they may relax their capital punishment. Please stop unnecessary criticism of their law.

  2. cj

    May 2, 2015 at 2:05 AM

    This is human law and not God. They are just wicked, there is forgiveness before the God. yeye law

    • Amanda

      May 2, 2015 at 3:32 AM

      You don’t think. Read this:

      To disobey civil law is to sin against God.

      Romans 13:1-5 – God ordained governing authorities. To resist them is to resist God’s ordinance. Those who disobey may be punished by the authorities, but they also have harmed their conscience toward God.

      1 Peter 2:13,14 – Submit to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake. [Tit. 3:1]
      This ought to settle the matter for every true believer. Drug abuse, including marijuana use, is illegal and therefore sinful.

      • tee

        May 2, 2015 at 8:29 AM

        they are saying dont bring drugs into our country. if you do, and you are caught, trial and found guilty, you will face purnishment which is death. so choose btw life and death.

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