Zainab Habib Aliyu, the lady who was framed and arrested in Saudi Arabia on wrongful drug charges has regained her freedom, Today’s Echo gathers.
Zainab, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, was arrested on 26th of December 2018 about 12.45 midnight by Saudi Arabia police. They came to the hotel room where Zainab was staying and arrested her on allegation that one of the luggage tagged to her name and passed has prohibited drugs, tramadol. The Nigerian government was informed as part of due process.
Unknown to her, a drug cartel operating from the Aminu Kano International Airport had planted the tramadol-bearing luggage on Zainab.
After widespread calls for her release, president Buhari intervened and directed the Attorney-General to fast-track her release to avoid an imminent death sentence which is the punishment for drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia.
In a photo credited to Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zainab Aliyu is seen with officials of the Nigerian Consulate in Jeddah, shortly after her release from prison. She was erroneously accused of peddling drugs.