A Nigerian woman has been executed along with two Pakistani men and a Yemeni man in Saudi Araba for drug trafficking. This brings the number of people who have been execited in the Middle-East country this year to 53.
The country’s interior minister who confirmed the incident said the execution took place in Islam’s holiest city of Mecca, on Monday.
The Senior Special Assistant to Nigeria Government on Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who expressed the feeling of the Nigerian Government, recalled that the woman became the 8th Nigerian to die in similar circumstances.
Human right experts across the globe have repeatedly raised concerns about the fairness of trials in the kingdom which is governed under strict Islamic law.
Pressure groups across the world have called on the kingdom to abolish the death penalty.But Saudi Arabia has refused to yield to this demand arguing that it serves as a deterrent against crime.
The case of Saudi Arabia is particularly worrisome because maybe, some of them did not commit the crime. One Nigerian was freed not too long ago because of the intervention of nigeria mission in Jeddah, which turned out that he actually did not carry the drug.