Buhari Govt Secures Release Of Nigerian Detained In Saudi Arabia
Zainab Aliyu with Officials of the Nigerian Consulate in Jeddah, shortly after her release from prison Photo – MFA

The President Muhammadu Buhari administration has secured the release of Zainab Aliyu who was arrested in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug trafficking.

Concise News understands that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made this known at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday.

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Nigeria, according to the ministry, has establish the innocence of Zainab, and its second citizen involved in the case, Ibrahim Abubakar, would be released on Wednesday to the Nigerian Mission in Saudi Arabia.

President Buhari had directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to swiftly intervene in the case.

Zainab, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, was arrested after a banned drug, tramadol, was found in her bag.

But she claimed it was planted in her luggage by unknown persons.

She had travelled from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport with her mother, Maryam Aliyu, and sister, Hajara Aliyu.

This news medium also learned that 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.