FG secures release of Zainab Aliyu from Saudi detention

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BlackBox Nigeria reports that the Federal Government has earlier today, Tuesday April 30th 2019 secured the release of Zainab Aliyu who was recently arrested in Saudi Arabia over alleged possession of banned drugs.



Her release is on the heels of the announcement by the permanent secretary in the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs that the government has been able to establish the innocence of Zainab Aliyu.

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Taking to his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday @BashirAhmaad, the President’s aide had tweeted Zainab’s freedom:


Zainab, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, was arrested after a banned drug, Tramadol, was found in her bag. She claimed it was planted in her luggage by unknown persons.


Zainab Aliyu with officials of the Nigerian Consulate in Jeddah, shortly after her release from detention


The student had travelled from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in company 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.



Zainab, who was accused of entering Saudi Arabia with an illegal dosage of Tramadol, was later discovered to be a victim of a cartel that specialised in keeping hard drugs in travellers’ bags, some of whom were already in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

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The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Monday said Buhari had directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, to immediately intervene in her case.


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