Sulaimon Olufemi’s family asks for clemency after 18 years on death row
The family of Suleimon Olufemi, who has been on death row in Saudi Arabia for 18 years for the mass action that led to the murder of a policeman, is asking for a pardon, Igbere TV reported.
Abike Dabiri-Ereva, chairman of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, said the man’s case was being handled by the Nigerian government.
He told the family, who attended the commission on Wednesday in Lagos, that NiDCOM is working with the Nigerian mission in Saudi Arabia, adding that Foreign Minister Jeffery Oniyama has been in contact with the Saudi authorities on the case.
All other people arrested in the incident were released, except the Nigerian, according to Ms. Dabiri-Erev.
Tolulope Sadipe, chairman of the diaspora commission, is also involved in the case.
Olufemi’s freedom depends on the daughter of a police officer who was killed when she was two years old. He is now 20 years old.
Suleiman Obafemi’s family, who have been on death row in Saudi Arabia for 18 years, visited
@nidcom_gov Today the office in Lagos is asking for a pardon.
“Suleman was sentenced to death 18 years ago. Accused of participating in a mass action that resulted in the killing of a Saudi policeman.
“Will he survive now or die, the daughter of the murdered officer, who was then 2 years old, and now 20, will decide, and she will decide whether to forgive or not.
“The case involved Minister Oniyama, Nigeria’s mission to Saudi Arabia, as well as some members of the diaspora in Saudi Arabia and @ToluSadipe. 11 people were arrested, all were released, only he is on death row. If only he hadn’t been encouraged to join the mafia. But we will do everything in our power, at least for the sake of elderly parents and family, who were crying uncontrollably today. “