Shocking: 24 Nigerians on death roll in Saudi, says FG

The Federal Government says it will engage the Saudi Arabian authorities over the killing of Nigerians allegedly involved in drug offences in their country.

The Chairman of National Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed this to journalists on Tuesday in Abuja.

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“The news of the execution of a Nigerian in Saudi Arabia for drug-related offences is pathetic, tragic and sad,” she said.

“We have about 24 on death roll for drugs in Saudi and we have about 12 that have been sentenced to various jail terms”.

Dabiri-Erewa explained that there were cases of syndicates who worked with airlines to put drugs in the bags of unsuspected pilgrims.

She noted that the recent killing of a Nigerian brought the total number of those executed by the Saudi government in recent years to eight.

She was concerned by the nature of the trials they were subjected to and wondered if they were fair.

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