- When Suleiman Olufemi landed in Saudi Arabia, he never knew he would be involved in a court case that would deny him of his freedom for 18 years
- The Nigerian man was accused of being part of a mob that attacked and killed a Saudi police officer, and he has been on death row for almost two decades
- His family has appealed to the Nigerian government to come to the rescue of the man
The family of Suleiman Olufemi, a Nigerian national who has been on death row in Saudi Arabia for 18 years, has appealed to the federal government to come to the rescue of the man.
The disclosure was made by the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
According to Dabiri-Erewa, the family visited NIDCOM to plead for clemency for Suleiman who was sentenced to death 18 years ago.
The Nigerian national was accused of being part of a mob action that killed a Saudi police officer.
In her words:
"Whether he lives or dies now will be determined by the slain officer’s daughter who was 2 years old then , but now 20, and will decide to forgive or not. Minister Onyeama, the Nigerian mission in Saudi as well as some members of the diaspora community in Saudi and @ToluSadipe have been on the case. 11 people arrested, all released, only him on death row.
"If only he hadn’t been encouraged to be part of the mob. But we will do al we can , if only for the sake of the aged parents and family who wept uncontrollably today."
In similar news, the Kano state government has revealed that nine people in the state were sentenced to death between a period of nine months after they were found guilty of various offences.
Baba Jibo-Ibrahim, the spokesperson for the state’s ministry of justice, said the sentences were passed on the convicts from January to August 2020.
He, however, noted that none of these convicts on death row has been executed as they have appealed the judgment of the initial courts.
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