The family of Mr Daniel Asadu, a Nigerian who was
recently condemned to death in far away Republic of
China for allegedly committing drug related offences
in the Asian country, has sent a passionate appeal to
President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene and save
him from execution.According to Punch, In a Save Our
Soul, SOS message forwarded to Jonathan by Daniel’s
elder brother, Columbus, the family said they believed
that there would be no other saving grace for Daniel
except if President Jonathan would mount pressure
on his Chinese counterpart to save his life.
The SOS which was accompanied by strongly worded
petition, further explained that Daniel was so much
loved and cherished by his mother and as such she
could not withstand any news that her son was dead
or has been executed by the Chinese authorities,
adding that his family remained helpless as it was a
case across international borders.
According to the petition,
“time is running out for Daniel, a bonafide son of
Anambra state of Nigeria who is now facing death
sentence in China over alleged passport forgery
and drug trafficking offences”.
Family of Nigerian condemned to death in China
begs Pres.Jonathan to save him
The SOS recalled that Daniel was arrested by the
Chinese security operatives in 2009 on allegation of
drug-related offences and was recently sentenced to
death in Guangzhou and is expected to be hanged any
moment from now, except if any quick intervention
could come from the presidency.
It was gathered that Daniel was arrested together with
three Chinese women for the alleged offences as well
as being an illegal immigrant in China.
In a letter addressed to Daniels’s brother, Columbus
dated December, 28, 2009, Mr Shuhua ,his lawyer had
disclosed that the case against Daniel was a difficult
one based on the fact that the convict had confessed
that he was the one that sent for the bag suspected to
have contained the substance said to be hard drugs.
Daniel’s lawyer, according to the statement, said that
Daniel said he made the statement under duress,
having been forced by the Chinese police to make it at
gun-point. The lawyer had pleaded with the judge to
temper justice with mercy.
“I went to Haikou and checked all the files and
found out that for three times, Asadu confessed
that he instructed the girl to fetch the bags. And
this time, he asked the girl to carry the two bags
from four other persons now at large, said the
lawyer, adding, I also copied the recordings of the
messages between the girl and Asadu. I talked with
the judge and he told me that the case will be
decided on the evidence”.
The family protested that Daniel had been condemned
to death by the Chinese government even as he was
charged and tried in Chinese language, arguing that
he does not understand Chinese language as to use it
to defend himself.