Zainab Aliyu who was arrested and wrongfully detained in Saudi Arabia has been released, says the Federal Government.
This was made known by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Mustapha Lawal Sulaiman during a news conference in Abuja.
According to Channels Television, Amb. Sulaiman said the government was able to secure her release by establishing that Zainab and the other Nigerian, Ibrahim Abubakar who was involved in the case were innocent of the crime.
However, the Ambassador said that Abubakar will be released tomorrow to the Nigerian Mission in Saudi Arabia.
It was earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, to swiftly intervene and secure her immediate release.
Following the President’s directive, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, assured Nigerians that they were making good progress and she will be back, along with 2 others in the same situation.
So many concerned Nigerians have been making several calls for her release as well.
Zainab who is 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.
The student had reportedly travelled from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in company with her mother, Mrs. Maryam Aliyu, and sister, Hajara Aliyu, but was arrested over allegations that a bag bearing her name tag contained the unlawful substance.