Nigerians are indeed jubilating about Zainab Aliyu released from Saudi Arabia Prison after being detained since December 2018 for a drug-related offense
Zainab’s release as attracted a trending reaction from the Christain Association of Nigeria (CAN). It came as a result of diplomatic discussions between the Saudi Arabian Government and the Federal Government of Nigeria
According to Ambassador Mustapha Suleiman, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zainab as released to the Nigerian Mission in Saudi Arabia
This was coming after President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to Minister of Justice (Abukakar Malami) and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF)
A welcomed development that Zainab Habibu Aliyu is free. But that is not enough, more needs to be done to ensure freedom of all Nigerians held by Saudi Arabia’s flawed judicial system: pic.twitter.com/w53U6BvQ2M
— Amnesty Int. Nigeria (@AmnestyNigeria) April 30, 2019
How Zainab’s arrest began
Zainab was a student of the Maitama Sule University in Kano. Her ordeal began after she traveled from the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano and was arrested in Saudi Arabia for possessing Tramadol in a second suitcase tagged to her name ( to which she denied every carrying).
Following the Arrest, Zainab’s father, Habib Aliyu, called on the Nigerian and Saudi Arabian Government to Intervene in his daughter’s case
Present Buhari actions leading to Zainab Aliyu released from Saudi Arabia
Earlier this year, President Buhari upon Aliyu’s appeal directed the Minister of Justice and AGF to look into the case. Investigations revealed that there was an unknown cabal in the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano responsible for planting drugs in the bags of innocent passengers.
How Zainab Aliyu released from Saudi Arabia was engineered
According to Suileman’ Aliyu’s release cane as a result of Intense diplomatic engagements between the Saudi Arabian government and the Federal Government of Nigeria.
FG has secured the release of Zainab Habibu Aliyu, Nig. student who was wrongly arrested in Saudi Arabia for allegedly involving in drug trafficking. Ibrahim Abubakar, another Nig. victim of wrongful arrest, will also be released to the Nigerian Mission in Saudi Arabia on May 1.
— Government of Nigeria (@AsoRock) April 30, 2019
“We piled up the pressure of interventions and there have been discussions at various levels between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Saudi authorities,
“In addition to that, our ministry, in conjunction with the mission in Saudi has been able to bring to the attention of Saudi, the level of the innocence of these people.
“We have engaged in other diplomatic ways, we have written several note verbal, we have also from here sent the same note verbale to the Saudi embassy here and the consulate in Kano.
“We have several interventions and various discussion between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Attorney General of the Federation on this same issue. “We have passed documents relating to the trial of the suspects that were arrested in Kano, we have also passed same information of the judicial process,” Suleiman said. Obviously elated, Suleiman said the development was cheering to the Nigerian government and Zainab’s family. T
the ambassador further said that another Nigerian, Ibrahim Abubakar, was also wrongly detained and will also be soon released. Abubakar, Suleiman added, was not released because the authorities got to his detention centre during the close of work. He is reportedly billed to be released on Wednesday, May 1.
Zainab was released following the revelations from Nigerian authorities that a drug cartel in Nigeria packaged drugs in her luggage. Suleiman said the drug culprits had been arrested and would be prosecuted.