Nigerian, Mr Adili Chibuike Ejike, sentenced to death for drug trafficking in Singapore has been acquitted and released.
The Nigeria High Commission in Singapore has expressed pleasure over the development.
The Nigeria Head of Mission in Singapore, High Commissioner Akinremi Bolaji, said this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.
Ejike, sentenced to death for importing nearly two-kilogramme of methamphetamine, was on Monday granted an acquittal by Singapore’s Supreme Court and released with no outstanding charges.
He said that Ejike was arrested in November 2011 and has since been behind bars till May 20, 2019, when he was discharged and acquitted.
“Ejike’s freedom from death by hanging by the court made history as the first time such a decision was made in a case involving a Nigerian.
“The acquittal of Mr Ejike has been termed locally as a miracle of God and I am elated that his freedom from death happened under my watch here as the Head of Mission,” he said.
The envoy said that Ejike’s issue called for serious awareness campaign for Nigerians travelling abroad not to accept to travel with any bag or container that they have not personally packed by themselves for the journey.
He said that the prosecution had failed to establish that Ejike knew that the drug bundles in his suitcase were in his possession.
“In other words, Ejike was not guilty of wilful blindness or deliberately shutting his eyes to the truth if his possession of the drugs.