Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has made Mallam Ibrahim Ibrahim, who was wrongly detained for trafficking in drug in Saudi Arabia is Special Assistant.
Ibrahim’s appointment was announced on Tuesday by Matawalle in Gusau, the state capital at a ceremony to celebrate his release after over three years of wrongful detention.
The cleric had travelled to the Muslims’ holy land for lesser hajj in March 2017 when he was arrested at King Abdulazeez International Airport, Jeddah, for allegedly trafficking in drug, an allegation he was convicted for.
However, the Saudi authorities caved in to pressure from the Zamfara and the federal governments insisting Ibrahim was innocent of the charge and released him recently.
Speaking at the ceremony in honour of the freed cleric, Gov. Matawalle said “It is on record that most Nigerians accused of drug peddling in Saudi Arabia in recent times were victims of such circumstances.
“You may recall that Hafiz Ibrahim has been incarcerated by the authorities of Saudi Arabia a long time ago, following false accusation of illegal drug peddling levelled against him.
“However, after discrete investigation that was conducted to verify the truth of the matter, Malam Ibrahim has been found innocent of all the legal charges against him. He was therefore acquitted and discharged.”