The Nigeria government has been commended over its meaningful intervention where it was able to prove the innocence of those accused of being in possession of a drug, a substance classified illegal and dangerous in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia which indeed comes with the death penalty.
The 22-year-old Zainab, who is a student of the Maitama Sule University, Kano had travelled to Saudi Arabia for the lesser hajj with her mother and sister through the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport.
On arrival in Medina, the Saudi Police arrested her over allegations that her bag contained tramadol.
Her arrest had led to the discovery of an alleged drug cartel at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport that reportedly transferred her excess luggage weight to the bag that contained tramadol.
But after discovering that indeed, there are those described as “cartels” that are in the habit of using traveller’s luggage to transport those substances and eventually put immigrants into the race of death penalty had their terrible act terminated after the National Drug law enforcement agent (NDLEA) is said to have got them arrested
It was also reported that the seven-man syndicate specialises in planting banned drugs in travellers’ luggage to export the substances to Saudi Arabia and other foreign countries.
With increasing calls from Nigerians for the release of Zainab, President Mohammadu Buhari directed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, to intervene in the case and secure her immediate release and others detained by Saudi Arabia authorities.
The government through its Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Suleiman Mustapha, said in Abuja yesterday that the government established the innocence of Zainab and Abubakar, assuring that they will be released today to the Nigerian Mission in Saudi Arabia.
Suleiman said their release resulted from intense diplomatic engagements between the Nigerian government and the Saudi authorities. He, however, noted that the drug culprits had been arrested and would be prosecuted.
Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Northern State chapter has commended the Federal Government for facilitating Zainab’s release, stressing that the same urgency with which Zainab was released should be deployed for Laeh Sharibu’s freedom.
In a statement yesterday by its Public Relations Officer, Reverend Joseph Hayab, it said Leah Sharibu, who has been in Boko Haram captivity since last year, also deserved to be rescued, noting that President Buhari should treat all Nigerians equally, irrespective of their religious creed.