Lawyer of executed Nigerian cries out, says client innocent of crime

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos

The last might not have been heard of recent executions that took place in Indonesia as a lawyer to one of the dead drug convict; Jefferson Eleweke has alleged that his client was innocent of the crime for which he was killed by a firing squad on Friday morning.His lawyer, Afif Abdul Qoyim has faulted the execution ordered by President Joko Waidodo on Fridaysaying his client was framed by an Indonesian who accused him of drug trafficking and that he was not allowed the opportunity to exhaust all the legal avenues to secure justice.

According to Qoyim, Eleweke who was operated a restaurant in the Asian nation was a victim of frame up by the unnamed Indonesian who reportedly confessed to his wrongdoing before he passed on in his sick bed.

Reacting to the execution, Qoyim told AFP, ““When this process is not respected, that means that this is no longer a country that upholds the law, nor human rights.”

These facts he told reporters few hours to his execution when he stated that Nigerians were targets on both law enforcement agents and the citizens who are fond of framing them up.

On its part, the Amnesty International through its Director for South East Asia and the Pacific described the execution as “a deplorable act”, adding “any executions that are still to take place must be halted immediately. The injustice already done cannot be reversed, but there is still hope that it won’t be compounded.”

Meanwhile, The Federal Government has appealed to Indonesia to commute the sentence of remaining three Nigerians on death on death row.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs made the appeal when he summoned the charge d’ Affairs of the Embassy of Republic of Indonesia.

A statement made available to the media late Friday by the Federal Government reads in part, “Though three of them have since been executed, we are still pleading on behalf of the remaining three.”

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