South African guards beat Nigerian businessman to death

UNITED Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein yesterday expressed displeasure over the planned executions of 14 drug convicts, including Nigerian, Zimbabwean, Pakistani and Senegalese nationals.
Al Hussein, who conveyed the UN’s rejection in a statement, lamented that “the increasing use of the death penalty in Indonesia is terribly worrying, and I urge the government to immediately end this practice which is unjust and incompatible with human rights.” According to him, “The death penalty is not an effective deterrent relative to other forms of punishment nor does it protect people from drug abuse.” In line with that country’s law, the convicts have been given notice of their executions and Al Jazeera reports that they could be put to death “as early as Friday.” The Qatar based television station stated that security had been tightened at Nusa Kambangan Prison Island in preparation for the executions. Indonesia’s Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo confirmed the nationalities of the convicts while speaking to reporters yesterday. Reports indicated that at least four Indonesians and an Indian would also be executed. Al Jazeera recalls that the looming deaths by firing squad would be the third set of executions under President Joko Widodo, who campaigned on promises to improve human rights in Indonesia. “If the government sticks to its plans, Widodoi’s administration will have executed more people in two years than in the previous decade.” His predecessor ended a moratorium on executions in 2013. Australia’s ABC television reported yesterday that the Pakistani government has protested the planned execution of one of its nationals, calling it unfair and alleging torture by police. But in defence, Indonesian president says drugs are destroying his country’s future generations Lawyers and rights groups have raised also serious doubts about the legitimacy of the convictions in several of the death row drug cases. Amnesty International on Tuesday said Jokowi’s presidency was “supposed to represent” a new era on human rights in Indonesia. “Sadly, he could preside over the highest number of executions in the country’s democratic era at a time when most of the world has turned its back on this cruel practice,” said Josef Benedict, a senior official of Amnesty in Asia. “The death penalty does not deter crime. Carrying out executions will not rid Indonesia of drugs. It is never the solution, and it will damage Indonesia’s standing in the world.” Similarly, Human Rights Watch described the death penalty as a “barbarity” and warned of “potential diplomatic firestorm” against Indonesia, if the executions went through. Last year, Indonesia executed 14 people convicted of drug crimes, mostly foreigners, sparking an international outcry. According to the latest government report issued by Indonesia’s ministry of law and human rights, 133 were on death row as of January 2015 including include 57 drug trafficking cases and 74 for murder and robbery. Nigerian Among 14 Drug Convicts to be Executed in Indonesia this Weekend South African guards beat Nigerian bizman to death The Nigeria Union, South Africa, yesterday confirmed the killing of a Nigerian businessman in Limpopo Province of South Africa on Tuesday. Mr Collins Mgbo, secretary of the union`s chapter in Limpopo, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Polokwane, Limpopo Province, that Ikejiaku Chinedu, 35, was killed by guards of a private security firm at about 8pm. He said that the deceased was an indigene of Ogwa, Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo, and married with three children. “One of our members here, Ikejiaku Chinedu was killed at the outskirts of Polokwane, Limpopo Province of South Africa. “Information available to us showed that guards of the security company chased and arrested him, he was beaten. The autopsy result we have showed that there were bruises all over his body, showing that he was beaten to death or suffocated,” he said. Mgbo said the union had reported the incident to the South African police for investigation. “The South African police assured us of thorough investigation to ensure that justice is done. We have also reported this incident to the national secretariat of our union in Pretoria,” he said. The president of the union, Mr Ikechukwu Anyene said it had received report of the incident. “We have received report of this sad incident. We call on the South African police to investigate this matter and bring the culprits to book,” he said. Anyene said that 15 Nigerians had been killed in South Africa since the beginning of the year, noting that the union would send the report to the Nigerian Consulate for necessary action.

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