Thursday, April 02, 2015

Another Nigerian sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking

The media in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia is reporting that another Nigerian, a certain Mr. Simon Ezeaputa, has been sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking.
The district court in Tangerang, near Jakarta on Wednesday found Mr. Ezeaputa guilty of controlling a drug transaction from his prison cell, where he was serving a 20-year jail term for drug offences.
The report says the transaction involved 350 grams of crystal methamphetamine.
Meanwhile, the Amnesty International says in its annual report on the death penalty worldwide released that “Indonesia stands out for all the wrong reasons”.
Head, Amnesty Researcher, Indonesia, Papang Hidayat, says that there are many issues in Indonesia, in particular fair trial concerns, that make death sentences more complicated.
The Nigerian Government, in March 2015, made frantic efforts to convince the Indonesian authorities to convert the death sentence of three Nigerians accused of drug trafficking to life sentence.
In a meeting between the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Danjuma Sheni and the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Sheni also appealed that the negotiations on the exchange of prisoners between both countries should be hastened.
Indonesia, however, rejected one of the Nigerians’ plea for clemency with an Indonesian court’s rejection of the Nigerian death row inmate’s legal challenge.
Lawyers for the Nigerian, whose alias is Raheem Agbaje Salami, appealed against President Joko Widodo’s rejection of his clemency plea in the administrative court. The court, again dismissed his appeal on the grounds it did not have jurisdiction over presidential decisions.


  1. Is it that some Nigerians don't know that it is death sentence if you traffic drug in Asia country. I no pity him.

  2. It's so sad, the judgement is just too harsh, a life sentence would have been better.