President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to deploy means of ensuring Zainab Aliyu, the Nigerian student accused of drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia returns to the country.
Zainab who is currently under detention in Saudi Arabia was found innocent after so much investigation.
The President’s order became necessary when reports from investigations revealed that the victim was innocent. The hard drug that was allegedly found on her was planted in her luggage by a syndicate group in the airport who specialize in planting hard drugs in travelers’ luggage.
Media aide to Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, in a statement yesterday said the President ordered the AGF to ensure Zainab is released and that she returns safely to Nigeria.
According to Balogun, the statement assured that progress was being made in Zainab’s case along with that of two others in similar cases in Saudi Arabia.
“Zainab, though detained, has not been put on trial by the Saudi Arabia government and with the hard evidence that those who implicated her have been arrested; a strong legal case is being made to the Saudi authorities.”
The father of the victiom, Mr. Habib Aliyu, had appealed to the FG, the Saudi government and the international community to intervene in his daughter’s case and save the innocent lady from being executed wrongly.
Zainab, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, had travelled from Mallam Aminu Kano International in company of her mother, Mrs. Maryam Aliyu, and her sister, Hajara Aliyu. She was arrested over allegations that a luggage, bearing her name tag, contained the unlawful substance.
She was accused of entering Saudi Arabia with an illegal dosage of Tramadol but was later discovered that she was a victim of a cartel that specialize in planting hard drugs in travelers’ luggage, some of whom are already in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).