Another Nigerian to lose head in Saudi Arabia
“It does not matter where you come from, you hold a green passport. Do not let a few people denigrate every one of us,” she said.
Mrs Dabiri-Erewa, however, stressed on 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.
Mrs Dabiri-Erewa also called on concerted efforts on compulsory baggage identification at airports as well as more security surveillance and cameras at screening points at the airports.
The embassy stated that death sentence is only carried out after all proofs and legal evidence have been exhausted regarding the accused.
Specifically on Ms Afolabi, the Saudi Embassy reaffirmed that all legal and judicial procedures were followed regarding the accused person and she was accorded every legal right before the death sentence was carried out on her.
“The death sentence is only carried out in the Kingdom after all proofs and legal evidence have been exhausted regarding the accused, and the process goes through various legal stages until the allegations against the detained persons have been proven beyond reasonable doubt.
“Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs was always in consultation with foreign embassies and consulates in the kingdom and facilitated visits from nationals of detainees,” the statement read in part.
The embassy also reiterated that the penalty for drug trafficking is death sentence and applied on all persons convicted without any exceptions.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not neglect the enforcement of penalties in terms of matters of drug trafficking and is determined to apply the law on any person against whom evidence is established in order to combat drug trafficking and protect its citizens from this dangerous menace.”
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