Wages Of Sin Profile of the Nigerians drug convicts executed in Indonesia

Pulse Nigeria brings you the profile of the three Nigerian drug trafficking convicts executed by the Indonesian government on Thursday, July 28.

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Michael Igweh and Humphrey Jefferson could be death by Friday play

Michael Igweh and Humphrey Jefferson could be death by Friday

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Despite appeals by Amnesty International and other human rights groups opposed to the death penalty to the government of Indonesia to stay execution on convicted drug traffickers on their death row, three Nigerians were executed on Thursday, July 28, 2016, after President Joko Widodo refused to back down on the sentence.

Also Read: "Shame Of A Nation: Another Nigerian drug trafficker to be executed in Indonesia"

The executed convicts, Michael Titus Igweh, Nonso Kingsley Okonkwo and Humphrey Jefferson Ejike, had made passionate appeals to be spared but, according to the Indonesian government, the laws of their land had been broken and they had to pay.

While the fate of other death row convicts, including 21 more Nigerians, we bring you a profile of the three and how they were arrested.

Michael Titus Igweh

Michael Titus Igweh, was sentenced to death in 2003 after he was nabbed by the narcotic agency and the police in a raid on his apartment in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, in July, 2002, where the police found 48 kg of heroin in the operation.

Though he had maintained his innocence till the end, the conviction was handed down on him on October 23, 2003, by the Tangerang District Court.

Michael Igweh has a date with certain death play

Michael Igweh has a date with certain death

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Igweh who, until his arrest and conviction, was an importer of clothing materials from the Asian country, had maintained that he was implicated by two other suspects, Marlena and Izuchukwu Okoloaja, who later died in police custody following the torture they went through.

In his appeal for clemency, Igweh had told the court that the police had at various times, electrocuted his genitals and he was forced to plead guilty to the offence.

Nonso Kingsley Okonkwo

Another Nigerian convict executed on Thursday, July 28, 2016, was Nonso Kingsley Okonkwo who was arrested on arrival at the Polonia Airport, Medan, on October 25, 2003.

He had allegedly ingested 1.1kg of heroin and had passed the X-ray machines without detection until narcotics sniffer dogs found him out. While still pleading his innocence and claiming frame up, he was taken to a hospital where he was given drugs that made him excrete the heroin he had swallowed.

The police, during its investigations, were reported to have found that Okonkwo was a professional drug courier who had taken drugs into different Asian countries like Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia.

He was sentenced to death by the District Court (PN), in May 2004, while the High Court (PT), confirmed the sentence on August 16, 2004 and an appeal rejected on February 16, 2006.

He further appealed to the Indonesian Supreme Court on November 24, 2014, but the appeal was thrown out as well. He was sentenced by the presiding justices, PK Artidjo Alkostar and Sri Murwahyuni.

Humphrey Jefferson Ejike

Humphrey Jefferson Ejike, popularly called Doctor, was arrested on August 2, 2003, at a restaurant in Jalan Wahid Hasyim, Central Jakarta. A search conducted in his house allegedly came up with 1.7 kg of heroin and he was promptly sentenced to death by the Central Jakarta District Court (PN Jakpus), while the Jakarta High Court, also threw out his appeal.

The convict, Ejike Jefferson play

The convict, Ejike Jefferson

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Though Ejike maintained his innocence till the end, claiming that the Indonesian government wanted to kill him because of their perception that most Nigerians are known for drug trafficking, the Supreme Court also rejected his appeal on 27 September 2007.

Also Read: "Shame Of A Nation: Nigerian government urged to save 4 nationals on death row in Indonesia"

The police claim that even thought Ejike was in prison, he still had links with drug lords in and around the country and controlled a large portion of the illegal trade.

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