Saudi Arabia has Released Zainab Aliyu, the Student Incriminated in Drug-Related Matters

Nigerians on social media have reacted to the release of Zainab Aliyu, the student incriminated in drug-related matters and being detained by Saudi Arabian authorities.

Zainab Aliyu, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, who travelled for Lesser Hajj in Dec. 2018 was detained by the Saudi Arabia authorities for allegedly being in possession of a banned substance.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed that Zainab Aliyu was released to the Nigerian mission in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

It was earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari directed Mr 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 Saudi Arabian authorities.

Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora matters, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, in a statement said that the President gave the directive two weeks ago when the matter was brought to his attention.

She said, “President Muhammadu Buhari gave the directive immediately the matter was brought to his attention about two weeks ago.

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