The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa has described unfortunate the death sentences passed on eight Nigerians in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Dabiri-Erewa said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.
A total of 20 suspects were initially held for attacking security guards in four violent attacks at ATMs and money exchanges across Sharjah in late 2016. Out of the suspects, nine were convicted. Eight of them were sentenced to death while the ninth person was sentenced to six months imprisonment.”.
It is an unfortunate incident, but it is not an incident that defines who we are as people.”If a few Nigerians have committed a crime for which they are being punished, thousands of Nigerians are doing great in that same country and are being appreciated and celebrated.
Dabira implored Media and Nigerians to help spread good news than the bad and be of good ambassadors wherever they find themselves
“Bad news travels fast and I appeal to the media to help spread the good news about Nigerians and not concentrate only on the once in a while negative stories,”
”Mr President, who meets Nigerians every time he goes on official trips outside the country, always appeals to Nigerians to be good ambassadors wherever they are.
All the convicted Nigerians were not identified by both the Gulf News and Khaleej Times, all UAE local newspapers that reported the trial.
Some of the accused, confessed to their crimes while others denied the charges leveled against them.
The verdict was handed down by Judge Majid Al Muhairi of Sharjah Criminal Court on Wednesday.