Nigerians not responsible for Indonesia’s drug problems –Ambassador

Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Harry Purwanto

The Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Harry Purwanto, has dismissed as untrue the impression that Nigerians are responsible for drug-related problems in his country.

Purwanto told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday that Nigerians given death penalty in Indonesia over drug cases did not bring the drugs from Nigeria.

“The perception that Nigeria is the source of the drugs couriered to Indonesia is totally untrue and doesn’t have any base. But that is the perception in Indonesia.

“However, we know that things like that are not true, because countries where narcotics come to Indonesia are mostly South Asia, East Asia and neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia,” he said.

According to him, what happens is that those Nigerians involved in the crime have stayed long in Indonesia, married to Indonesian ladies and joined drug courier cartels.

NAN recalls that Indonesia had, in 2016, executed four convicted drug traffickers, including three Nigerians, as it pushed ahead with its “war against drugs.”

The envoy disclosed that between 30 and 40 Indonesian young people die everyday due to drug-related problems within the country.

He said the country was in an emergency situation and had to do something drastically to salvage it.

Purwanto however assured that the government would not execute any convict until all legal mechanisms have been exploited.

He said that in all the stages of the process, there was always an open window for consular assistance through the foreign representative. (NAN)

Source: punch