400 Nigerians In Chinese Jails

Nigeria’s Ambassador to China, Aminu Wali said over 400 Nigerians are languishing in Chinese jails and one of them was executed by lethal injection last month.

Wali told a group of Nigerian journalists in Beijing on Thursday that most of the convicts were tried for offenses relating to hard drug.

He added that another Nigerian recently had his death sentence suspended and could finally have it commuted to life imprisonment due to the intervention of the embassy.

In his statement, he said, “Something is wrong with our value system.” He added that he was arranging a stakeholders’ meeting with leaders from a Geo-political zone in Nigeria where most of the convicts came from.

He lamented that the embassy usually got to know about this group of Nigerians only after they had been arrested.

He also said, “As we speak, one of my consular officers is on a prison visit to meet convicted Nigerians or suspects still undergoing trial. This embassy was earlier today informed of another arrest and before the end of the day, up to five such letters may be received here.”

The ambassador said he was visiting Nigerian convicts in Chinese prisons personally on quarterly basis and ensuring that they were fairly comfortable by donating money for their needs.

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