Saudi Arabia frees Zainab Aliyu after Buhari’s Intervention

 

The Saudi Arabia authorities may have respected the intervention of President Muhamnnadu Buhari on the life of Zainab Aliyu, a Nigerian girl detained in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug trafficking; she has been released from detention.

Bashir Ahmed, Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, revealed the freedom of the Nigerian girl in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

Her release was after President Muhammadu Buhari got involved in the matter following recent facts after Aliyu’s detention for allegedly transporting banned drugs into the oil-rich Arab nation.

Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Matters, in a statement in Abuja, indicated that the President had directed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to immediately act on the case of Zainab, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano.

“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”, Dabiri-Erewa said.

The Presidential aide assured that progress was being made in Zainab case, along with two others in similar circumstances in Saudi Arabia.

She said that Zainab, though detained, has not been put on trial by the Saudi Arabia government, saying that with the hard evidence that those who implicated her had been arrested, a strong legal case is being made to the Saudi authorities.

 

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