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Senator Shehu Sani Reacts To Execution Of Nigerians In Saudi Arabia

Shehu Sani reacts to execution of Nigerians in Saudi Arabia Published on April 6, 2019 By Fikayo Olowolagba

Shehu Sani, the Senator representing Kaduna Central has reacted to the arrest and execution of two Nigerians in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking.

Recall that a Nigerian known as Kudirat Afolabi was executed after being found guilty of drug trafficking.Another Nigerian was again arrested in Jeddah airport, Saudi Arabia for allegedly smuggling about 1,138g of cocaine.

Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa reacting to the cases expressed disappointment adding that diplomatic engagement were being discussed.

“The sad thing is that in the midst of talking of about 20 Nigerians on death roll, even as eight had been executed, just yesterday another Nigerian, Wahid Somade, was arrested at Jeddah airport with about 1,138g of cocaine.

“The latest one would be added to those that could be executed. We keep appealing to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure for trial is fair. We keep begging Nigerians to obey the laws of other countries and Saudi has replied us officially, saying their law is their law.

“However, diplomatic engagement will continue at the highest level.”

Speaking on the development, Sani condemned the act, describing it as a taint to the image of Nigeria.

He, however, urged Nigerian government to provide legal and diplomatic services to citizens abroad.

Sani wrote: “Smuggling drugs to Saudi Arabia or any other country is a condemnable act;it destroys the image of our country and must not be condoned by anyone.

“But we have a duty to provide legal and diplomatic services to our Citizens abroad to protect the innocent and neutralize frame-ups.

Meanwhile, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has justified the execution of the Nigerian woman, Kudirat Afolabi, for drug-related offences.

The government of the Saudi Arabia said she deserved to be executed.

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