Among the 121 prisoners on death row in Indonesia, at least 35 of them are foreigners, with twenty-one Nigerians listed.
Thirty of the prisoners will be executed before the end of 2017. Eighteen of them will be executed after July 6, the Eid el-Fitr Muslim holiday, which ends the holy month of Ramadan.
The Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed this on Monday. Dabiri-Erewa noted that one Nigerian was executed in the last batch of execution.
The execution schedule was announced by the Indonesian Deputy Attorney General, Bambang Waluyo, during a parliamentary hearing in Jakarta.
The Justice Ministry said those on death row in Indonesia are mostly convicted of drug-related crimes and at least 35 of them are foreigners.
In 2015, in a move that drew international condemnation, Indonesia executed 14 convicts, all but two of them foreigners. Under Indonesian law, each convict would face a squad of 10 gunmen.
Dabiri-Erewa, who was chairman, House of Representatives’ Committee on Diaspora before her present appointment, noted that when a Nigerian delegation visited Indonesia in 2010 to plead for Nigerians on death row, that the Indonesian government made it clear that the death penalty is the law. She said:
“As the world keeps appealing to Indonesia not to kill them, we must also admonish our citizens to avoid crime and be good ambassadors wherever they find themselves.”
Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, who took office in 2014, has taken a tough stance against drug trafficking, saying that the country is facing a drug emergency.
Following public condemnation of a rape-murder of a schoolgirl in April, the Indonesian government is also weighing the death penalty for rape offenders.
But many rights activists say capital punishment does little to deter drug crime, with the number of drug convicts rising despite the country’s executions last year.