by Carey Lodge
Pastor Karina de Vega, who was assigned to counsel Nigerian prisoner Okwudili Oyatanze – dubbed "The Death Row Gospel Singer" and one of those executed on Nusakambangan Island in the early hours of Wednesday morning – told the Sydney Morning Herald that the prisoners sang 'Bless the Lord O My Soul' and 'Amazing Grace' as they were lined up, bound to crosses, to face the firing squad.
All eight refused blindfolds; choosing to look their executioners in the eyes. Their worship was cut short by gunfire.
"They were praising their God," Vega said of the prisoners' final moments. "It was breath-taking. This was the first time I witnessed someone so excited to meet their God..."