Another Nigerian has been arrested at Jeddah Airport, in Saudi Arabia , for allegedly smuggling about 1 ,138 g of cocaine, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora , Mrs . Abike Dabiri -Erewa said on Friday .
Dabiri -Erewa in an interview with newsmen in Abuja expressed disappointment that this was coming shortly after a Nigerian lady was executed in the same country for a related offence .
“The sad thing is that in the midst of talking about 20 Nigerians on vdeath row , even as eight had been executed , just yesterday ( Thursday ) another Nigerian, Waheed Somade, was arrested at Jeddah Airport with about 1,138 g of cocaine.
“The latest one would be added to those that could be executed .
“We keep appealing to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ensure that their trial is fair” Dabiri- Erewa said.
On the execution of a Nigerian for drug -related offences on Monday, the presidential aide appealed to Nigerians to obey the laws of countries they go .
“After informing her family , the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially released the name of the lady that was executed in Saudi Arabia a few days ago and her name is Kudirat Afolabi, a widow and a mother of two.
“We pay our condolence to the family and keep begging Nigerians to obey the laws of other countries ; and Saudi has replied us officially , saying their law is their law.
“However, diplomatic engagement will continue at the highest level.
“It does not matter where you come from, you hold a green passport. Do not let a few people denigrate everyone of us” she said.
Dabiri -Erewa, however, stressed the need to celebrate the success stories of Nigerians in the Diaspora .
“We have Nigerians doing great things all over the world; we are going to focus on them” she said.
Dabiri -Erewa also advocated concerted efforts on compulsory baggage identification at airports as well as more security surveillance and cameras at screening points at the airports.
( NAN )
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