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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
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
 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
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.

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