Zainab Aliyu. Twitter

Nigerians have taken to social media to protest the illegal detention of Zainab Aliyu, a student detained in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking.

Zainab, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, was arrested after a banned drug, tramadol, was found in her bag. She claimed it was planted in her luggage by unknown persons.

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

Zainab, who was accused of entering Saudi Arabia with an illegal dosage of Tramadol was later discovered to be a victim of a cartel that specialised in keeping hard drugs in travellers’ bags, some of whom were already in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

The father of the alleged drug courier, Habib Aliyu, had appealed to the Federal Government, the Saudi authorities and the international community as well as well-meaning individuals to intervene in her daughter’s case and save her from being executed unjustly.

Habibu had expressed outrage over the continued detention of his daughter despite the discovery that she was framed by some drug cartel.

He explained that the allegations of Zainab entering the country with Tramadol, was absolute falsehood “as recent events and arrests have confirmed her innocence.”

Reacting on Twitter, some Nigerians called on Saudi Arabian authorities to release her unconditionally.

Others berated the federal government for allowing Nigerians to be treated badly in foreign countries while condemned the death penalty leveled against her.

Below are some of the reaction as captured by Concise News: