“The death sentence of eight Nigerians in UAE is unfortunate,” says Dabiri.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, described the death sentence passed on eight Nigerians in the United Arab Emirates as unfortunate.
Nigerians numbering about eight were, on Wednesday, sentenced to death in Sharjah, UAE, over series of robberies at money exchange and cash machines across the Emirates in December 2016.
Dabiri, in her statement made available to the media, expressed her concern over the development, adding that the incident was not an actual description of Nigerian citizens.
“It is an unfortunate incident, but it is not an incident that defines who we are as a people.
“If a few Nigerians have committed a crime for which they are being punished, thousands of Nigerians are doing great in that same country and are being appreciated and celebrated.
“Mr President, who meets Nigerians every time he goes on official trips outside the country, always appeals to Nigerians to be good ambassadors wherever they are.
“I must commend millions of our brothers and sisters excelling all over the world.
“Bad news travels fast and I appeal to the media to help spread the good news about Nigerians and not concentrate only on the once in a while negative stories,” she said.
Over 20 suspected armed robbers were nabbed for attacking security officials in different Automated Teller Machines and Bureau De Change across the country.
Out of all the suspects, only ninth of them who are mostly Nigerians were sentenced to death, leaving the ninth person to serve six months jail term.