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.
Zainab is out and free😭😢 Allah has answered our prayers. I will like to thank each and everyone of you out there who helped us with prayers. We can’t repay you with what you did to us. So May God reward you abundantly🙏🏼🙌 pic.twitter.com/CbLgXGUVka
— Fahad🔴 (@fdangwani) April 30, 2019
A welcomed development that Zainab Habibu Aliyu is free. But that is not enough, more needs to be done to ensure freedom of all Nigerians held by Saudi Arabia’s flawed judicial system: pic.twitter.com/w53U6BvQ2M
— Amnesty Int. Nigeria (@AmnestyNigeria) April 30, 2019
Alleged drug trafficker, Zainab Aliyu, who was detained in Saudi Arabia has been released to the Nigerian mission in Saudi. The other victim, Ibrahim Abubakir will be released tomorrow.
This was announced by the Perm. Sec., Ministry of Foreign Affairs pic.twitter.com/WwaJlRMAT5
— TVC News (@tvcnewsng) April 30, 2019