SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 25 – Twitter is on fire in Nigeria after news broke out on Saturday that at least 23 Nigerians are on death roll in Saudi Arabia over drug-related offenses.
In a statement by the Saudi Arabian Government on Saturday, the suspects were arrested between 2016 and 2017 at King Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Jeddah, and Prince Muhammad Bin Abdu-Aziz International Airport, Madinah.
The suspects were said to have concealed the narcotic substance in their rectum, an act the Saudi Government says contravenes its narcotic and psychotropic substances rules.
The offence is punishable by death.
See the full list below:
The latest case is coming few weeks after Saudi authorities executed Kudirat Afolabi for drug trafficking and Saheed Sobade, another Nigerian, reportedly nabbed with 1,183 grams of cocaine in Jeddah.
Meanwhile, #SaudiArabia and #YorubaDrugDealers are trending on Twitter as Nigerians discuss the latest development. See some of the comments below:
Before Nigeria came into existence, there were crimes being committed in each & every one of the over 300 ethnic groups making up Nigeria today— The Mouth That Eats Salt & Pepper 👅 (@Manlike_ED) August 25, 2019
Yesterday it was #IgboYahooBoys & 80 Nigerians busted for crime. Today it's 23 Nigerians on death roll in Saudi Arabia.
The fact is… pic.twitter.com/zxS1GtDUcj
23 Nigerians are about to be executed in Saudi Arabia for Drug Trafficking and someone is blaming Buhari for it? Do you think through your nose?? Wtf!— DREYLO (@RealDreylo) August 25, 2019
I did a tweet against those labelling the #IgboYahooBoys ..and I was slammed .. now today 23 Nigerians (non Igbo) are set to be executed in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking … so I want to know which tag we will use for them since we can’t use “23 Nigerians” pic.twitter.com/RqATbZ85Ex— ©The media Rat™🐁 (@_ceejayink) August 25, 2019
The death penalty for drug trafficking policy in Saudi Arabia has attracted widespread criticism because sometimes the victim may be innocent. The case of Zainab Aliyu who was implicated by a syndicate at the Aminu Kano Airport readily comes to mind. She could have been executed but for the timely intervention of president Buhari.