There has been so much public uproar condemning both the Nigerian and Saudi Arabian governments after the execution of a Nigerian woman, Kudirat Adeshola Afolabi, who was found guilty of drug trafficking.
While Nigerians insisted Afolabi was only a victim of drug syndicate group at Nigerian airports, both governments maintained she was actually guilty of the crime.
Following Afolabi’s execution, it was revealed that another Nigerian, Saheed Sobade, was facing the prospect of death in Saudi Arabia after being nabbed with 1,183 grams of cocaine powder in Jeddah, a Saudi Arabian port city on the Red Sea and gateway for pilgrimages to the Islamic holy cities Mecca and Medina.
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Nigeria responded to widespread criticism of Afolabi’s execution by insisting that all legal and judicial procedures were observed.
“It is well-known for all those interested in travelling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that the penalty for drug trafficking is the death sentence and the said sentence is applied on all persons convicted without any exceptions, as long as the evidence is established against them, and this is conveyed to every person prior to his trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” it said.
As things stand, at least 23 more Nigerians, according to TheNation, are destined to suffer Afolabi’s fate, having been convicted for flouting the Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances Control Law, issued under Royal Decree No. M/39 dated 8/7/1428AH, which is punishable by death.
They were arrested between 2016 and 2017 at the King Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Jeddah and Prince Muhammad bin Abdu- Aziz International Airport, Madinah.
Adeniyi Adebayo Zikri
Jimoh Idhola Lawal
Idris Adewuumi Adepoju
Abdul Raimi Awela Ajibola
Yusuf Makeen Ajiboye
Adam Idris Abubakar
Isa Abubakar Adam
Funmilayo Omoyemi Bishi,
Amina Ajoke Alobi
Alaja Olufunke Alalade Abdulqadir
Fawsat Balogun Alabi
Aisha Muhammad Amira
and Adebayo Zakariya
Zamfara: Surrender now or face unprecedented fire – Military warns bandits
Ogunlade issued the warning at a news conference at the command headquarters of the force in Gusau.
The force commander said that the bandits has always taken advantage of the cover offered by the terrain of the community whenever the operatives are after them.
He, however, warned that “this time around we will go to their enclaves and hideouts where there will be collateral damage and neutralise them.”
Ogunlade lamented how the bandits refused to surrender and denounce their unacceptable ways in May when the state’s governor, Alh. Bello Matawalle, offered amnesty to those who surrendered.
“It is disheartening that when the state governor offered them amnesty, within few hours we recorded 20 separate attacks on communities.
“This showed that the criminals were not ready to surrender; that is why I am now giving them the next 24 hours.
“The only option left for them is to immediately cease fire, drop their arms, and surrender or have themselves to blame,” he said.
“l want to assure the people of the state that banditry will very soon be history in Zamfara after this operation that will come up in the next 24 hours.
“We will ensure that farmers carry out their farming activities and displaced villagers return home under conducive atmosphere.”
The commander expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for establishing the operation and praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his support.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Operation Hadarin Daji, which is now focused on Zamfara alone, was inaugurated on May 10, thus replacing the expanded Operation Sharan Daji.
Enugu nurse murder: What private investigator told court
Ekwechi told an Enugu State High Court that the gunmen behind the murder of Mrs. Maria Amadi, who was the head nurse at the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, were now in police net.
He stated this in an affidavit, which he filed before an Enugu State High Court.
The affidavit, marked Motion No: E/210m/2019, was dated and filed by the Pastor on June 24, 2019.
It could be recalled that three senior members of the staff of the same hospital were earlier arraigned before the High Court presided over by the Enugu State Chief Judge.
But the investigator has now told the court that the key suspects have been nabbed.
In the affidavit, he disclosed that the suspects, identified as Chidi Nwobi and Amingo, were arrested at the Abakpa Area of the State.
He said that “on the 19th of June, 2019, both Chidi Nwobi and Amingo were interviewed by the police in relation to all the crimes they have been committing and I was present there by virtue of the level of my involvement in the intelligence work and without any molestation or torture of any sort, Chidi Nwobi openly confessed to many armed robbery escapades and in particular confessed that it was he and his gand of other three persons that shot the deceased Maria Amadi at Trans-Ekulu Enugu, and that they did not mean to kill her but only wanted to rob her of money and other valuables.
“That he also confessed to the names and identify of all other members of his gang, which he named to the police and reiterated that they only wanted to rob her and in the process it resulted into shooting at her and that they were not paid, sponsored, hired or instructed to kill or attack the deceased by anybody else.
“That this interview was video-recorded and can now be confirmed by the police authorities in the State and it is no more a secret that under the able leadership of the current commissioner of police in the State, the identity of the culprits who attacked and killed the deceased has been unraveled.
“That all those members of staff of the Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, who were remanded in this case, as well as all those still currently held in detention at Abuja as part of investigation into this case are by virtue of the open confession of Chidi Nwobi and Amingo completely innocent of the allegation.”
When contacted to speak on the authenticity of the video, the Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Ebere Amaraizu said he was out of town.
Meanwhile, the video, where one of the suspects was confessing to the crime, is currently trending on social media.
Three kidnapped Lebanese workers regain freedom in Rivers
The command’s spokesman, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the rescue in a statement in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
“The three Lebanese nationals abducted on June 8 about 7.40am at a construction site in Andoni have been rescued unhurt.
“The victims were rescued as a result of intense pressure mounted on them by the police and strategic role played by Chairman of Andoni area, Lawrence Paul.
“The victims are: Tony Stephan, 63, Chandy Lahoud and Emile Skaff.”
Omoni however stated that efforts have been intensified to arrest and bring perpetrators of the crime to justice.
He stated that the rescued workers had been debriefed and were currently receiving medical attention in an undisclosed hospital.
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