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Death-row Nigerian says last goodbye to Indonesian lover

Jakarta – A Nigerian man facing execution in Indonesia for drug smuggling has written a heart-rending letter to say a final goodbye to his lover, a report said on Friday.

Raheem Agbaje Salami, 42, was taken on Wednesday from a prison in East Java to a prison island off the southern coast of Java where he is due to be executed with up to nine other inmates this month.

In a letter submitted through the authorities, Agbaje Salami asked his Indonesian girlfriend Angela Intan to be strong and have faith in God, news website reported.

“I want to thank and say goodbye to my beloved sweetheart: Angela Intan, who has stood beside me through happiness and sadness,” Agbaje Salami said in the letter, written in Indonesian.

“Thank you for everything, for the time we spent together,” the letter said. “Knowing and loving you has been a gift and even though it was only for a short time it has had a deep meaning in my life.”

Agbaje Salami was sentenced to death for trying to smuggle heroin into Indonesia.

Two other Nigerian drug traffickers are also scheduled to be executed this month after requests for presidential clemency were rejected.


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