Photo: Nigerian Drug Dealer Arrested In Indonesia 17 Years Ago, Agbaje Salami For Execution

Agbaje Salami executed

March 10, 2015 – Picture: Nigerian Drug Dealer Arrested In Indonesia 17 Years Ago, Raheem Agbaje-Salami To Be Executed, Joko Widodo Rejects FG Pleas

An Indonesian court has dismissed a legal appeal by a 42-year-old Nigerian, man Raheem Agbaje-Salami, who is on a death row for drug peddling.

However Raheem’s passport was false. His real name is Jamiu Owolabi Abashin, a Nigerian national. And although he was arrested 17 years ago, Indonesian authorities continue to use the fake name in prison on Nusakambangan.

Indonesia President Joko Widodo has also rejected clemency representations from Nigerian authorities.
Judge Hendro Puspito of the Administrative Court in East Jakarta on Mondaysaid that the court had no jurisdiction over presidential decisions.

Agbaje-Salami, whose real names are Jamiu Owolabi Abashin, from the southern Spanish city of Cordova, was arrested in 1998 for smuggling 5.3 kg of heroin into Surabaya, the capital of East Java province.

He has been taken from a prison in East Java to a prison island off the southern coast of Java where he’s due to be executed later this month with nine other death-row inmates.

Salami, along with nine other drug traffickers from Australia, French, Brazil, Ghana and Indonesia, are expected to be executed soon in Nusakambangan island of Central Java.

President Widodo remains tough on the death penalty amid intensive efforts for clemency from Australia, French and Brazil.

Two other Nigerian drug traffickers are also scheduled to be executed this month after requests for presidential clemency were rejected.

Another Nigerian on death row is Okwudili Ayontanze, a gospel singer, who jams with prison guards and has released albums from his Nusakambangan prison. The third, Silvester Obiekwe, has angered authorities by continuing to run a drug syndicate from behind bars.

“We passionately believe that all three should be given a chance. “If you go deep into their cases there are reasons they should be allowed to live.”” Mr Ibrahim Babani, a senior counsellor from the Nigerian embassy in Jakarta, said.

[Sources: Kompas, Sydney Morning Herald World]

13 thoughts on “Photo: Nigerian Drug Dealer Arrested In Indonesia 17 Years Ago, Agbaje Salami For Execution

  1. Indonesia normally does not listen to request for clemency, however the country is not like Nigeria where our corrupt judiciary can set a criminal free

  2. A law of the land is a law of the land. Nothing can be done or change, Drug Peddlers globally should take not of it.

  3. Dis is a very big lesson 2 dose who r stil in2 it. Kudos 2 Indonisea govt n deir strong law. Job weldone. He wu has ears, let him hear.

  4. Some Countries do not believe in second chance once you caught up with their law that is it, the rest is history. That is the reason why we are having problem in Nigeria. We belief so much in giving criminals second chance but guess what! some Countries have different laws which they follow strictly. They already set their standard and warn the drug traffickers that, listen don’t fool around with drugs in our Country if you do, you are going to die. Some of these folks already knew how tough the law in some southeast Asia is especially on drugs and they still insist on going there to run drugs business. I don’t know what to say, although I would have preferred for them to be given longer jail term but their law is their law if they have to follow it we have to respect that. Some of these folks take costly risk for something that does not worth it. These over ambitious people are thinking of the good part of it but what about the negative side of it?. The only person that benefits from their proceed is Alhaji Wasiu Ayinde the Fuji Icon in Nigeria. His major assignment is to sing praises of those individuals who manage to escape from the net of no-nonsense authority. To make the matter worst most of these drug peddlers spend their money foolishly and only small fraction of them involve in long term investment.

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