Twenty-three Nigerians are on the death row in Saudi Arabia. They may be beheaded any time from now, The Nation has learnt.
Besides, 11 are serving various jail terms for drug trafficking in the kingdom.
Another suspected trafficker is awaiting trial.
The 23 death row inmates could not be named for “diplomatic and sensitivity” reasons.
Unless President Muhammadu Buhari intervenes, the death toll could be higher, a source said.
The “late” response of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to a memo from the Nigerian Consul-General, Amb. M. S. Yunusa, is believed to have contributed to the execution of a Nigerian woman, Kudirat Adeshola Afolabi about two weeks ago.
It was learnt that the ministry had been “diplomatically slow” in responding to issues connected with Nigerians.
No ministry official was willing to comment on the allegation yesterday.
The Consul-General wrote twice to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Geoffrey Onyeama, on December 3, 2018 and February 6, 2019, raising the alarm over the plight of Nigerians in Saudi Arabia.
He said the nation should endeavour to use its diplomatic bond with Saudi Arabia to seek pardon for all our compatriots condemned to death and for those serving various jail terms.
– The Nation