Another Nigerian has been executed in Singapore for drug trafficking despite several warnings from the government for them to desist from such crimes.
According to Eugene Thuraisingam, a lawyer and human rights activist, Obioha was executed around 6am after the country’s apex court rejected his final appeal.
Thuraisingam took to his Facebook wall to announce the execution of the convict, a graduate of Industrial Chemistry of the University of Benin, who was arrested on April 9, 2007, with more than 2.6 kilograms of cannabis, surpassing the statutory amount of 500 grams presumed as drug trafficking in Singapore.
“This morning, at 6am, the execution of Chijioke Stephen Obioha took place. I am not even sure if his family from Nigeria were able to attend.
Soon it will be all forgotten together with Chijioke’s name, but for the many of us who fight and campaign to eradicate this barbaric practice of death by hanging, and for those of us who challenge the mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking in Singapore, our work will go on. And it must.
I’m currently arranging with the Roman Catholic Prison Ministry (RCPM) to claim the body of Chijioke from the Singapore Prisons Service for a proper funeral in accordance with his religious beliefs.
The funeral will take place either today or tomorrow depending on how soon the SPS could release the body," Thuraisingam said.
Reacting to the execution of the Nigerian, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, described the execution as heartbreaking and reiterated her appeal to Nigerians to avoid drug peddling in their host countries as laws of countries, whether acceptable or not, will be difficult to influence.
“While we regret the death sentence passed on the Nigerian, we once again appeal to Nigerians to avoid crimes like drug trafficking with most countries especially in Asia declaring zero tolerance for drug trafficking," Dabiri-Erewa said.
It is sad that with the mandatory death sentence in most Asian countries, Nigerians still smuggle drugs into these countries. This is just one out of the hundreds of Nigerians who have been executed in Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and China.