For Zainab Aliyu, the young lady recently arrested in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug offence, reprieve may not be foreclosed, as President Muhammadu Buhari shows interest in her plight.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Monday in Abuja, said the president has directed the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to immediately act on the case of Zainab, a student incriminated in drug related matters and is being detained by Saudi Arabia authorities.
“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 revealed.
The presidential aide assured that progress is being made in Zainab’s case alongside two others in similar circumstances in Saudi Arabia.
Dabiri-Erewa said Zainab, though detained, has not been put on trial by the Saudi Arabia Government, saying with the hard evidence that those who implicated her have been arrested, building a strong legal case with the Saudi authorities
Mr Habib Aliyu, the father of the alleged drug courier, had appealed to both governments and the international community, as well as well-meaning individuals to intervene in his daughter’s case and save the ‘innocent’ lady from being executed wrongly.
Aliyu, a Kano-based senior editor, who is not happy that his daughter is cooling off in a Saudi prison despite the recent discovery that she was framed up by a drug cartel, explained that the allegations that Zainab entered the country with Tramadol, is absolute falsehood as recent events and arrests have confirmed the girl’s innocence.
Zainab, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, had travelled from the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, MAKIA, in company of her mother, Mrs. Maryam Aliyu, and sister, Hajara Aliyu.
She was arrested over allegations that a luggage, 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 specialises in keeping hard drugs in travellers’ bags, some of whom are already in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.