President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to immediately intervene in the case of Zainab Aliyu, the student incriminated in drug related matters and being detained by the Saudi Arabia authorities.
A statement issued in Abuja on Monday by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Media aide to Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, SSA to the President on Diaspora Affairs, said the President gave the directive two weeks ago when the matter was brought to his attention.
Dabiri-Erewa said: “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.”
The Presidential aide assured that progress was being made in Aliyu’s case along with two others in similar circumstances in Saudi Arabia.
Dabiri-Erewa said Aliyu, though detained, has not been put on trial by the Saudi Arabia government.
She said with the hard evidence that those who implicated her have been arrested, a strong legal case is being made to the Saudi authorities.
Habib Aliyu, the father of the alleged drug courier, Zainab Aliyu, had appealed to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Saudi authorities and the international community as well as well-meaning individuals to intervene in her daughter’s case and save the her from being executed wrongly.
The father, 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 of her entering the country with Tramadol was absolute falsehood as recent events and arrests have confirmed the girl’s innocence.
Aliyu, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, had travelled from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in company with her mother, Maryam Aliyu; and sister, Hajara Aliyu.
She was arrested over allegations that a luggage with her name tag contained the unlawful substance.
Aliyu, 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.