Eight Nigerians have been sentenced to death in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a string of robberies at money exchanges and cash machines (ATMs) across the emirate in December 2016.
Another one, which makes the number nine, was found guilty of possessing stolen money and thereby sentenced to six months imprisonment.
Report has it that he will be deported after serving his prison term.
The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who responded to the development, described the death sentence passed on the eight Nigerians as unfortunate.
Speaking on Friday, April 19, the SSA noted that the incident was not an actual description of the personalities of Nigerians.
She stated that if few Nigerians commit a crime and get punished for it, a thousand others are doing great in that same country and are being appreciated and celebrated.
“Mr President, who meets Nigerians every time he goes on official trips outside the country, always appeals to Nigerians to be good ambassadors wherever they are”.
“I must commend millions of our brothers and sisters excelling all over the world”.
“Bad news travels fast and I appeal to the media to help spread the good news about Nigerians and not concentrate only on the once in a while negative stories,” she said.
Platinum.ng gathered that the ninth Nigerian denied the charge against him, saying one of the accused’s brothers asked him to transfer Dh60,000 to an account in Nigeria.
A total of 20 suspects were initially held for attacking security guards in four violent attacks at ATMs and money exchanges across Sharjah in late 2016. Out of 20 suspects, nine were convicted.
Some of the accused confessed to their crimes while others denied the charges levelled against them.
The verdict was handed down by Judge Majid Al Muhairi of Sharjah Criminal Court on Wednesday, April 19.