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No: MFA/PR/2019/19

The Federal Government of Nigeria has condemned in the strongest terms, the execution of a Nigerian national, Mrs. Kudirat Adesola Afolabi, widow and mother of two, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for drug-related offences.

While Nigeria respects the sovereignty of States, and abhors the violation of domestic laws of any country, the Government, however, does not condone such inhumane treatment being meted on a Nigerian national. It also frowns at the Saudi authorities for not informing the Nigerian missions in Saudi Arabia of the arrest and prosecution of the deceased Nigerian, only to invite the mission to take the last will of the deceased prior to her execution on 1st April 2019.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, therefore, wishes to assure Nigerians that it has engaged the Saudi authorities through their Ambassador in Nigeria, to ensure that the normal diplomatic practice of informing missions of the arrests of our nationals is adhered to, and that fair hearing is given to other Nigerians undergoing judicial processes in Saudi Arabia.

Signed

Amb. Mustapha Lawal Sulaiman

Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja

Thursday, 4th April, 2019

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