Saudi Arabia Detains Nigerian Student For Drug Trafficking

Nigerians have taken to social media to protest the illegal detention of Zainab Aliyu, a student detained in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking.

Reacting on Twitter, some Nigerians called on Saudi Arabian authorities to release her unconditionally.

Zainab Aliyu, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano traveled for Lesser Hajj in Dec last year. She was detained by the Saudi Arabia authorities for allegedly being in possession of a banned substance. She claimed it was planted in her luggage by unknown persons.

Zainab was later discovered to be a victim of a cartel that specialised in keeping hard drugs in travellers’ bags. According to the statement, some members of the drug cartel are already in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

President Muhammadu Buhari has intervened in the case of a young Nigerian girl, Miss Zainab Aliyu, recently arrested in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug offence, the presidency revealed on Monday.

A statement by Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa said that the President had directed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, to immediately act on the case of Zainab.

“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.”

Amnesty International and many Nigerians on Monday night campaigned for Zainab’s release.

“Saudi Arabian authorities must free Zainab Habibu Aliyu. Her ordeal shows everything wrong with death penalty. Let us raise our voices, until Zainab is free. No one knows who can be the next victim of such injustice. #FreeZainab #Nigeria #ZainabIsInnocent”

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