How Zainab Aliyu was set up in Saudi Arabia, yet alleged cabal gets bail in Nigeria

In a recent development, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant has reacted to the case of Zainab, a student detained by Saudi Arabian authorities pertaining to a drug charge

Zainab Aliyu in Saudi Arabia prison

Zainab Aliyu, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano had traveled for Lesser Hajj in December 2018 and was detained for allegedly being in possession of a banned substance. She was arrested at the Mallam Amini Kano International Airport, MAKIA on the 24th of December, 2018. She had been traveling with her mother and sister at the time. According to Daily Post, some measures have been put in place with regards intervening in the issue by the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice.

In the same light, the Senior Special Assistant to the President Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Disapora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, made this disclosure in a statement made available to DAILY POST by her media aide, Mr. Abdur-Rahman Balogun, on Monday.

She 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.”

However, in an unfolding report as first carried by DailyNigeria, a Federal High Court sitting in Kano State has granted bail to the six suspects arrested for placing those banned substances in luggage and tagging it with the name of Zainab Aliyu. However, Miss Aliyu is still very much in the Saudi jail and not much has been allegedly done to get her justice.

Speaking to some newsmen, Miss Aliyu’s father has expressed his displeasure at the unfolding events. He also said:

Ironically, while my daughter, who is innocent is still being detained in Saudi Arabia, these suspects, who caused her this ordeal and even confessed to perpetrating the offense, are now free.

One of the suspects, a female, even held my legs in regret and asked me to forgive her for what she did to me and caused my daughter at the airport.

“Even in the court, the accused persons pleaded guilty of the offenses but the court had granted bail to them,” he said.


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