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Nigerian national executed in Saudi for drug smuggling

Nigerian national executed in Saudi for drug smuggling

The man was executed in Madinah on Tuesday for smuggling cocaine in his intestines

A Nigerian national has been executed in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of smuggling narcotic drugs into the country.

Abu Duraimi Oyida Ajibula was executed in Madinah on Tuesday for smuggling cocaine in his intestines, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The kingdom’s interior ministry said the court convicted the smuggler and that the sentence was endorsed by the appeal and supreme courts. A royal order was also issued to execute the sentence.

The ministry reiterated that the Saudi government is “keen on combating narcotics due to their great harm to individuals and the society”, and warned violators of punishment according to Sharia law.

The kingdom’s laws on drug smuggling are among the strictest in the world and it has carried out multiple executions of those convicted of the crime.

Some of those executed for smuggling last year include five Saudi nationals, four Pakistani nationals, three Yemenis, Two Egyptians, one Syrian national and a Palestinian national.

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