Friday, March 20, 2015

Nigerian gospel singer to be executed in Indonesia for drug smuggling

A Nigerian gospel singer who has released several songs while in prison is now on death row after being found guilty of smuggling Heroin into Indonesia.

Okwudili Ayotanze is be executed with two other Nigerians, Jamiu Owolabi Abashin who was caught smuggling Heroin using a false name Raheem Agbaje Salami, and Silvester Obiekwe.
40-yr-old Ayotanze was caught in 2001 trying to smuggle 1.15 kilograms of heroin from Pakistan into Soekarno-Hatta international airport in Jakarta.

Reports say Ayotanze's studio is the supermax Pasir Putih prison on the notorious Nusakambangan island, known as Indonesia's Alcatraz. And his band mates are fellow inmates on guitars and a prison guard on the keyboard, having written and sang songs such as 'God Bless Indonesia' and 'Never be afraid'.

Dili as he’s fondly called in prison, repented while in prison. He released his first album in 2008 titled  ‘God You Know’ with over 70 written songs to his credit.

According to the World Ministry blog, his songs call for repentance, encouraging others to be strong in the Lord and beware of the Devil's antics using his life as an example.

Although the date of his execution is not known but he’s to be executed simultaneously with Abashin, Obiekwe and seven other felons who were convicted of drug smuggling.

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