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Drug Trafficking: Federal Government Secures Release of Zainab Aliyu From S’Arabia Detention

President Muhammadu Buhari/Zainab Aliyu. Photo: Independent Newpapers
President Muhammadu Buhari/Zainab Aliyu. Photo: Independent Newpapers

Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on News Media, has said that the Federal Government has secured the release of Zainab Aliyu, a Nigerian undergraduate student, who was arrested and detained in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking.

Zainab Aliyu, who is a student of Maitama Sule University in Kano state, was arrested after a banned drug, Tramadol, was found in her luggage which she claimed was planted in it by unknown persons.

Zainab had travelled from the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in company of her mother, Maryam Aliyu and sister, Hajara Aliyu, but was later arrested over allegations that a bag bearing her name tag contained the unlawful substance.

She was later discovered to be a victim of a cartel that specialized in keeping hard drugs in travelers’ bags, some of whom were already in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

According to Abike Dabiri-Arewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs, the President had on Monday directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to immediately intervene in Zainab Aliyu’s case.

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