23 Nigerians are currently on death roll in Saudi Arabia over drug-related offenses.


 

 The Nigerians were convicted for flouting the Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances Control Law, issued under Royal Decree No. M/39 dated 8/7/1428AH, which is punishable by death.

 

 According to the statement released by the Saudi Arabian Government, the suspects were arrested between 2016 and 2017 at King Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Jeddah, and Prince Muhammad Bin Abdu-Aziz International Airport, Madinah. Below are their names:

 

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.

 

 The list was first published in April after the execution of Nigerian widow, Kudirat Afolabi, who had brought into Saudi Arabia, a prohibited drug.

 

 The list, comprising mainly Yoruba people, was exhumed on Sunday August 25, by some Twitter users to show that crime is not limited to a particular ethnic group in Nigeria.

 

 The hashtag #23Nigerians was the number one trending topic on Nigerian Twitter on Sunday, which many used to counter the claim that only Igbos are corrupt, after the FBI released on Thursday August 22, the list of 77 Nigerians indicted for fraud.

 

 Overall, most Twitter users bemoaned how Nigerians, from the Yoruba, Igbo and other ethnic groups in Nigeria, are destroying the national reputation, internationally.