The family of Sulaimon Olufemi who has been on death row for 18 years in Saudi Arabia over a mob action that resulted in the killing of a police officer is pleading for clemency, Igbere TV reports.
Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Abike Dabiri-Erewa said that the Nigerian government is on the case of the man.
She told the family who paid the commission a visit on Wednesday in Lagos that NiDCOM was working with the Nigerian mission in Saudi Arabia, adding that the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffery Onyeama has been in touch with Saudi authorities on the case.
According to Mrs Dabiri-Erewa, all others arrested over the incident have been released except the Nigerian.
Chairman, House Committee on Diaspora Tolulope Sadipe is also involved in the case.
Olufemi’s freedom is dependent on the daughter of the police officer who was killed when she was two years old. She is now 20.
“The family of Suleiman Obafemi , who has been on death row in Saudi for 18years , visited
@nidcom_gov Lagos office today to plead for clemency for him.
“Suleman was sentenced to death 18 years ago .accused of being part of a mob action that killed a Saudi Police Officer.
“Whether he lives or dies now will be determined by the slain officer’s daughter who was 2 years old then , but now 20, and will decide to forgive or not.
“Minister Onyeama, the Nigerian mission in Saudi as well as some members of the diaspora community in Saudi and @ToluSadipe have been on the case . 11 people arrested, all released , only him on death row . If only he hadn’t been encouraged to be part of the mob. But we will do al we can , if only for the sake of the aged parents and family who wept uncontrollably today.”