By Enyim Enyim
ONITSHAâ€”The Federal Government has been asked to intervene and save 18 Nigerians, who were condemned to death by Indonesian courtsÂ in 2008 for various offences ranging from drug peddling to other related offences.
The Indonesian courts had condemned a total of 21 Nigerians to death, sentenced four to life imprisonment and eight others to various jail terms ranging from 11 to 18 years.
Out of the 21 condemned Nigerians, two of them, Samuel Okoye and Hassan Nwaolisa were executed 28 June 2008 , while another, Augustine Ogbonna died in mysterious circumstances in prison custody in September, 2008.
In a petition to Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, an Onitsha-based lawyer, Mr Chukwuemeka Eze appealed to the Presidency and National Assembly to without delay intervene on behalf of the troubled Nigerians with a view to getting reprieve for them.
Eze, in the petition entitled, â€œShocking Revelation From Indonesia Prisons: Execution of 18 Nigerians Scheduled for Between June And August, 2010,â€ also copied toÂ Senate President and Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, said there was a fresh threat to execute the condemned Nigerians between June and August this year, if no further diplomatic efforts and pressure are mounted on the Indonesian authorities.