The Indonesian government yesterday night executed four Nigerian men, Raheem Agbaje Salami (also known as Jamiu Owolabi Abashin), Silvester Obiekwe Nwolise, Okwuduli Oyatanze and Martin Anderson, as well as a Brazilian, one Indonesian, and the two Australian ringleaders of the Bali Nine drug smuggling ring.
A Philippino woman was, however spared at the last minute.
The Indonesian government had ignored agonised pleas for clemency from the prisoners’ families and their home governments.
The inmates, alongside the reformed Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were shot along the other six by an Indonesian firing squad on the prison island Nusakambangan shortly after midnight local time, local media reported.
Their last meal was KFC.
Local media reported Chan, 31, Sukumaran, 34, and six other prisoners were taken to a jungle clearing on the island Nusakambangan.
There, they were shot dead by firing squads comprising 12 police privates armed with rifles at 12:25am local time (3:25am AEST).
A law enforcement official was quoted saying: ‘The executions went well, without any disruptions.’
In following through with the killings, the Indonesian government ignored agonised pleas for clemency from the prisoners’ families and Australian and international officials.
Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso – the Filipino drug mule who was the ninth convict sentenced to death – was spared after new information emerged about her case.
One of the lawyers for the Bali Nine, Todung Mulya Lubis, tweeted: “I failed. I lost. I am sorry”.
As the executions occurred, at nearby Cilacap port anti-death penalty protesters lit white candles and sang “Hallelujah” just outside the gates.
Later, a silence fell over the area with only singing voices, music of Amazing Grace and prayers heard for the doomed Bali Nine duo.
Hundreds of people gathered near the gate to pay their respects to the convicted drug smugglers or see if they could catch any hint of the executions taking place just kilometres away.
The execution brings to an end almost ten years imprisonment for the drug smugglers.
More prisoners are slated to face the firing squad in the future. A British grandmother convicted of smuggling cocaine, Lindsay Sandiford, has accepted she will likely be among the next group.