The family of Suleiman Obafemi, 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 young 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.
He 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.”
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