Wednesday, May 16, 2012

16 Nigerians facing execution in Indonesia

The Senate will not attempt to shield any Nigerian found guilty of criminal activities in foreign countries, Senate President David Mark has said.

Responding to the concern expressed at the plenary session by the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Mathew Ifeanyi Nwagwu (PDP, Imo) that 16 of the 300 Nigerians reportedly serving jail terms in Indonesia would soon be executed, Mark said the Senate would not intervene in the matter.

Mark, however, stressed that the Senate would not allow any Nigerian to be unfairly treated in foreign nations.

"We will not defend any Nigerian who breaks the laws of foreign countries. If they break the laws there, they should face the consequences. This is a warning to other Nigerians abroad. They cannot continue to tarnish our image".

The Senate president, however, did not expressly uphold Senator Nwagwu's suggestion that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru be summoned over the issue.

"We may invite the minister if you want," Mark said.

Daily Trust

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