The Federal Government has condemned in the strongest terms, the execution of a Nigerian national, Mrs. Kudirat Adesola Afolabi, widow and mother of two, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for drug-related offenses.
Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama
A statement by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Mustapha Sulieman said while Nigeria respects the sovereignty of states and abhors the violation of domestic laws of any country, it, however, does not condone such inhumane treatment being meted on a Nigerian national.
It also frowned at the Saudi authorities for not informing the Nigerian mission in Saudi Arabia of the arrest and prosecution of the deceased Nigerian, only to invite the mission to take the last will of the deceased prior to her execution on April 1, 2019.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, assured Nigerians that it has engaged the Saudi authorities through their ambassador in Nigeria to ensure that the normal diplomatic practice of informing missions of the arrests of nationals is adhered to, and that fair hearing is given to other Nigerians undergoing judicial processes in Saudi Arabia.