Fresh facts have emerged as to how Mr. Felix Izuchukwu Ezimoha, one of the three Nigerians convicted for drug offences and recently executed in Indonesia, was able to marry a wife and raise a family while in jail in that country. Third Secretary for Information and Social-Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Indonesia, Abuja, Wanry Wabang, said that under the Indonesian law, prisoners still have some rights, though they are in jail. He explained that being in prison did not mean that a person had lost all human rights. “One of those rights is to get married and be given leave, maximum one day, to see their families. Sexual intercourse is allowed of course during this time. All of these rights are subject to strict terms and conditions,” he said. Wabang also explained how the body of the executed Nigerian was flown home for burial. He said there must have been a request by the family of the deceased to release the body to them. When there is such request, he said, the body is usually released.
On the wife, her relatives and children coming to Nigeria for his burial, he said he was sure there was an understanding between the Nigerian Embassy there and the people concerned.”As for how the body was released, like I mentioned before, usually the authorities allow the family to decide whether the body will be buried there or sent back to the prisoner’s home country. In this case, I believe, a request was made to send his body back to Nigeria. Perhaps, you can consult your Embassy in Indonesia. Regarding how the family of the executed Nigerian came to Nigeria, I think you can also contact your Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, for further details,” Wabang said in an email sent to our correspondent. Meanwhile, Ezimoha’s immediate family members in Ezigbo village Orsumughu, Ihialla Local Government Area of Anambra State, have berated the Federal Government, saying it has no respect for human life. The family who spoke through one of their members said the death of their son was a colossal loss to the entire community and beyond, because of his humility, hospitality and philanthropy.
The spokesman who said he did not want his name mentioned in print was obviously angry with our correspondent who visited the family’s compound, saying: “Why should the government want to know about our late brother, who was killed in cold blood for doing nothing?” He added: “He was an importer and they know he also exported clothes. They claimed that he was a drug baron and yet nothing was found on him. Everybody read on the internet how the boy exonerated himself and how he said he was made to confess under duress in the social media. What do you want us to say again? The Federal Government did not in any way assist us when we were crying aloud that the boy was not a drug dealer and now he had been killed and people are questioning why we gave him a befitting burial on social media. “Please go, we don’t want anybody to remind us about his death. He is dead and nothing can bring him back.” Another woman said if there was anything they could do to save him, the entire community would have done that because everybody in the community could vouch for him. “We know it was a conspiracy but we cannot question God. Let God fight for us. You see his immediate younger brother is an Okada rider, yet people think he (Ezimoha) had so much money. The only thing about him was his humility and love for others. Please, we don’t want to talk anymore”, the woman said, while sobbing uncontrollably.