Good News For The Aliyu Family As Zainab Aliyu Regains Freedom In Saudi Arabia
This may be the best news of the year for the Aliyu family, as the Federal Government has successfully secured the release of Zainab Habibu, who was detained in Saudi on suspicion of drug trafficking.
This cheering news was disclosed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, in a tweet yesterday.
According to Ahmad, “The Federal Government has secured the release of Zainab Habibu Aliyu, who was arrested in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug trafficking. Details soon from Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
Zainab, who is a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, was arrested after Tramadol, was found in her bag, even though she claimed it was planted in her luggage by unknown persons.
The student had travelled from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, 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.
A footage of her story went viral over the weekend, with many Nigerians calling on the Presidency to do something about Zainab’s case. Buhari reacted by directing the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, to intervene in the case.
Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, had said “President Muhammadu Buhari gave the directive immediately the matter was brought to his attention about two weeks ago. My office has been working with the AGF as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in that regard.”
The Presidential aide stated that Zainab’s case was among some two other cases of Nigerians held in similar circumstances in Saudi Arabia, which they were negotiating on.
“Zainab, although detained, had 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,” she said.
Mr Habib Aliyu, the father of the alleged drug courier, Zainab, had appealed to the Federal Government to intervene in his daughter’s case and save the ‘innocent’ lady, from being executed wrongly.