Saudi Execution: FG secures Zainab Aliyu’s release
Federal Government has secured the release of Zainab Aliyu, who was arrested in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug trafficking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reveals.
He said the government has been able to establish the innocence of Zainab and the second Nigerian involved in the case, Ibrahim Abubakar, will be released tomorrow to the Nigerian Mission in Saudi Arabia.
There had been several calls for her release, with Pres. Buhari directing the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to swiftly intervene and secure her immediate release.
Following the directive, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, assured Nigerians that they were making good progress and she will be back, along with 2 others in the same situation.
Zainab, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, was arrested after tramadol was found in her bag.
It was later discovered to have been planted in her luggage by some staff of the Kano airport.