Under the directive of President Buhari and the Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria has hired lawyers in Saudi Arabia to secure the release of Zainab Aliyu, who has been wrongly charged for drug trafficking and detained in the Islamic kingdom.
This is also as Amnesty International called for the immediate release of Zainab, who was framed by a crime syndicate that planted Tramadol on her luggage at the Aminu Kano International Airports, while she was travelling for Hajj.
“As President Buhari directed AGF to intervene in Zainab Habib’s case, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria announces the hiring of lawyers in Saudi Arabia to compliment efforts of the Nigerian mission in the Kingdom towards securing her timely release from detention,” the President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, announced via a tweet on Tuesday morning.
Today’s Echo reported last week on 26th of December 2018 about 12.45 midnight, the Saudi Arabia 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 NDLEA has now established that a drug cartel in the airport had planted the tramadol-bearing luggage on Zainab.
“Saudi Arabian authorities must free Zainab Habibu Aliyu. Her ordeal shows everything wrong with death penalty. Let us raise our voices, until Zainab is free. No one knows who can be the next victim of such injustice,” Amnesty International tweeted on Monday.
As directed by President @MBuhari, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice’s office has been working with Ministry of Foreign Affairs, @abikedabiri’s office as well as National Hajj Commission of Nigeria and other relevant agencies in that regard. #FreeZainab https://t.co/ktRvyEZJfG— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) April 30, 2019