The Presidency has waded into the case of Miss Zainab Aliyu, the student, incriminated in drug-related matters and being detained by the Saudi Arabia authorities, it was learnt yesterday.
President Muhammadu Buhari, according to a statement from the office of the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Diaspora Affairs, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has directed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr. Abubakar Malami, to immediately intervene in the case.
The statement issued in Abuja yesterday and signed by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, media aide to Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa said the President gave the directive two weeks ago when the matter was brought to his attention.
“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,” Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa revealed.
She also assured that progress was being made in Zainab case, along with two others in similar circumstances in Saudi Arabia.
Mrs. Dabiri Erewa said Zainab, though detained, has not been put on trial by the Saudi Arabia government.
She said with the evidence that those who implicated her have been arrested, a strong legal case is being made to the Saudi authorities.
Mr. Habib Aliyu, the father of the alleged drug courier, had appealed to the Federal Government, the Saudi authorities and the international community as well as well-meaning individuals to intervene in her daughter’s case and save the ‘innocent’ lady from being executed wrongly.
Aliyu, who is not happy that his daughter is cooling off in a Saudi Prison despite the recent discovery that she was framed up by some drug cartel, explained that the allegations that Zainab entered the country with Tramadol, was false as recent events and arrests have confirmed the girl’s innocence.
Zainab, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, had travelled from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) with her mother, Mrs. Maryam Aliyu, and sister, Hajara Aliyu. She was later arrested over allegations that a luggage, bearing her name tag, contained the unlawful substance.