Buhari intervenes in the case of Zainab, Nigerian wrongfully charged for drug trafficking in Saudi

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President Muhammadu Buhari has finally intervened in the case of Zainab Aliyu, a Nigerian lady wrongfully accused of drug trafficking and jailed in Saudi Arabia.

According to the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Foreign Relations & Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri,
Buhari has directed the Attorney-General of the Federation to take necessary action. Dabiri expressed optimism that Zainab will be released and sent back to Nigeria soon, along with two others in similar situation.

Her words:

“We’ve been on this , in the last two weeks. President Buhari has directed AGF to take necessary action. We are making good progress. She will be back, along with 2 others in same situation.”

Recall that last week, Today’s Echo had reported that, on 26th of December 2018 about 12.45 midnight, the Saudi Arabian police 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.

Zainab is presently in detention in Saudi Arabi awaiting investigations and prosecutions. Her family protested to the Nigerian government and the NDLEA decided to investigate the case in Nigeria

However, after investigations by the NDLEA, it turned out that Zainab, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, was innocent of the crime. She had been incriminated by members of the crime syndicate who had planted the illicit drug on her at the Mallam Aminu Kano Airport, shortly before flying to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj, accompanied by her mother and her sister.

The NDLEA has now established that the drug cartel in the airport had planted the tramadol-bearing luggage on Zainab.

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