It’s another sad news to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari as the United Arab Emirate handed down death sentence on eight Nigerians in Sharjah, UAE, for robbery crimes committed in December 2016.
Recalled that on April 1, the news of five Nigerians caught in an armed robbery was trending on social media, they allegedly robbed a bureau de change in Sharjah.
The latest report by the Gulf News, an online platform in UAE, said Majid Al Muhairi of Sharjah criminal court delivered a death sentence on the eight Nigerians after the suspects were found guilty of carrying out a string of armed robbery attacks at money exchanges and cash machines across the emirate in 2016.
A total of 20 suspects were initially held for attacking security guards in four violent attacks staged to ambush security trucks that were transporting money boxes to and from automated teller machines (ATMs), and money exchanges across Sharjah.
The gang was all said to be in the country on visit visas.
According to report, out of 20 suspects, nine were convicted while eight were sentenced to death.
The ninth man was sentenced to six months in prison followed by deportation for possession of stolen money.
The suspects were said to have made away with over Dh1,700,000, a sum of which only a portion has been recovered, as the convicts had reportedly divided the money among themselves and transferred it to Nigeria.
TheCable which quoted Nigerian ambassador to UAE, Mohammed Rimi, said a total of 446 Nigerians are currently serving different terms in the emirates for crimes ranging from possession of hard drugs to engaging in robbery.
A few weeks ago, five Nigerians were caught for robbing a Bureau De Change of the sum of N226.2 million (Dh2.3 million) in UAE.
- Chimuanya Ozoh,
- Benjamin Ajah,
- Kingsley Ngoka,
- Tochukuw Alisi and
- Chile Ndunagu.
They were alleged to have stormed a Bureau De Change in Sharjah and carted away Dh2.3 million. They reportedly injured two employees at the BDC.
Five days ago, Saudi authorities revealed that at least 23 Nigerians are currently on the death row for drug-related offences and may be executed anytime.
According to The Nation, the Nigerians were convicted for contravening the narcotic and psychotropic substances control law, which is punishable by death.
According to report, they were arrested between 2016 and 2017 at King Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Jeddah and Prince Muhammad bin Abdu- Aziz International Airport, Madinah having concealed the banned substances in their rectums, the Saudi document revealed.
The names of the convicted persons were given as:
- Adeniyi Adebayo Zikri
- Tunde Ibrahim
- Jimoh Idhola Lawal
- Lolo Babatunde
- Sulaiman Tunde
- Idris Adewuumi Adepoju
- Abdul Raimi Awela Ajibola
- Yusuf Makeen Ajiboye
- Adam Idris Abubakar
- Saka Zakaria
- Biola Lawal
- Isa Abubakar Adam
- Ibrahim Chiroma
- Hafis Amosu
- Aliu Muhammad
- Funmilayo Omoyemi Bishi
- Mistura Yekini
- Amina Ajoke Alobi
- Kuburat Ibrahim
- Alaja Olufunke Alalaoe Abdulqadir
- Fawsat Balagun Alabi
- Aisha Muhammad Amira
- Adebayo Zakariya
Before the above names were released, Kudirat Afolabi had been executed by the Saudi for drug trafficking.