The federal government of Nigeria has condemned the execution of Kudirat Afolabi, a Nigerian national, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for drug-related offences.
In a statement on Thursday, Mustapha Sulaiman, permanent secretary, ministry of foreign affairs, Sulaiman, said the government would not condone inhumane treatment on its citizens.
Afolabi was a widow and mother of two.
”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,” the statement read.
”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 April 1.
“The ministry of foreign affairs, therefore, wishes to assure Nigerians that it has engaged the Saudi authorities through their Ambassador in Nigeria over issues related to Nigerians.”
He said this was to ensure that the normal diplomatic practice of informing missions of the arrests of nationals is adhered to, and that fair hearing is given to other Nigerians undergoing judicial processes in Saudi Arabia.