Federal Government Secures The Release Of Zainab Aliyu From Saudi Arabian Prison


The Federal government of Nigeria has secured the release of Zainab Aliyu, who was allegedly arrested for drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia.

A student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, Zainab was travelling through the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), when she was arrested by Saudi authorities for carrying a luggage containing Tramadol.

According to many Nigerians, the drug may have been planted in her bag by the drug cartel at the airport. The cartel reportedly specialises in placing hard drugs in bags in the names of air travelers, to their destination countries. Some members of the cartel have been reportedly arrested.

Zainab’s case attracted the attention of the President and he ordered the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to facilitate her release.

Saudi operates a very strict form of Islamic law and regularly dishes out death sentences for crimes such as homicide, rape, and armed robbery, facing backlash from many human rights organisations.

Earlier this month, a Nigerian woman, Kudirat Afolabi, was executed in the country for drugs trafficking. Thankfully, Zainab’s case was investigated in time to know she is innocent and acquitted of all charges.



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  1. Ossom Unyimeobong

    Ossom Unyimeobong

    May 1, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Who will do same to Leah Sharibu?

  2. Nkechi Anaba

    Nkechi Anaba

    May 1, 2019 at 10:58 am

    What about those who were executed earlier

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