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FG Refute Claims Of Nigerians Waiting For Execution In Saudi Arabia




The claim that 23 Nigerians are awaiting execution in Saudi Arabia has been rubbished by the Federal Government.

On Tuesday, August 27,  the government dismissed the report that claimed that the men were awaiting execution after being convicted for drug offences.

Recall that days back the Nigerian media had been awashed with names of the convicts awaiting execution.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs countered the claim, adding it had been in contact with the Nigerian Mission in Saudi Arabia “and it has been confirmed that the story is false and should be disregarded.”

The Ministry’s spokesperson, Ferdinand Nwonye also told newsmen that they are also investigating claims of some of the accused being arraigned without adequate legal representation in accordance with internationally accepted legal principles.

“Furthermore, the Nigerian Mission was not informed of the arrests and trials.  The Federal Government is, therefore, engaging the Saudi authorities through diplomatic channels with a view to finding a just solution” the MFA spokesperson said.

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