Group Protests Fate of Condemned Nigerians In Indonesia

A coalition of Human Rights groups has stormed the Anambra state House of Assembly in a protest to demand the intervention of the lawmakers in the release of 14 Nigerians currently on death row in Indonesia.

The group stated that the prisoners had been condemned to death without fair hearing.

Mr. Anthony Orokoya who led the activists stated that majority of the 14 condemned Nigerians in Indonesia are from Anambra state and that has necessitated their bringing the matter to the representatives of the people for onward presentation to the state government and finally to the federal government for necessary action.

According to the leader of the group, three of the prisoners have been executed and that ignited the move to alert both the government and people of Anambra state, who are mostly affected on the present circumstance that requires urgent intervention.

Mr Orokoya maintained that even if the 14 persons committed the crime for which they are convicted of, they still deserve the right to fair hearing and as such urged the state house of assembly to act within their legislative power to send the necessary signal to appropriate quarters.

Representing the speaker, the House member for Onitsha North 1 Constituency, Chugbo Enwezor, commended the human rights group for their courage and thoughtfulness to bring the petition before the house of assembly.

He also assured them of prompt delivery of their message to the state government.

The activists told the house members that the people of Anambra state are enterprising and industrious and as such should not allow the spirit to die and as the representative of the people should not watch as their able bodied men are exterminated without proper and fair hearing.