Weeks after the news that a Nigerian lady in Saudi Arabia was beheaded, another Nigerian has been caught at Jeddah Airport, in Saudi Arabia, for allegedly smuggling about 1,138g of cocaine, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa revealed on Friday.
Dabiri-Erewa while addressing journalists in Abuja expressed sadness and disappointment that this was coming shortly after a Nigerian lady was executed in the same country for a related offence.
“The sad thing is that in the midst of talking about 20 Nigerians on death row, even as eight had been executed, just yesterday (Thursday), another Nigerian, Wahid Somade, was arrested at Jeddah Airport with about 1,138g of cocaine.
“The latest one would be added to those that could be executed.
“We keep appealing to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure that their trial is fair,” Dabiri-Erewa said.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa made a passionate appeal to Nigerians to abide by the laws of countries they go to.
“After informing her family, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially released the name of the lady that was executed in Saudi Arabia a few days ago and her name is Kudirat Afolabi, a widow and a mother of two.
“We pay our condolence to the family and keep begging Nigerians to obey the laws of other countries; and Saudi has replied us officially, saying their law is their law.
“However, diplomatic engagement will continue at the highest level.
“It does not matter where you come from, you hold a green passport. Do not let a few people denigrate everyone of us,” she said.
Dabiri-Erewa, however, stressed the need to celebrate the success stories of Nigerians in the Diaspora.
“We have Nigerians doing great things all over the world; we are going to focus on them,” she said.
Dabiri-Erewa urged the relevant agencies at Nigeria’s airports to tighten the surveillance system in order to avoid repeat of such scenarios.