Man whose daughter is ‘wrongfully’ detained in Saudi for drug cries out again

706, Zainab Aliyu

Habibu Aliyu, father of the alleged drug courier, Zainab Aliyu, who is in Saudi Arabia prison and in danger of being executed with dispatch on conviction has again asked that his daughter be left off the hook.

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Zainab, an undergraduate with Maitama Sule University, Kano, had travelled from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) alongside her mother, Mrs. Maryam Aliyu, and sister, Hajara Aliyu to Mecca for lesser Hajj sometime last year’s December.

Tramadol, an unlawful substance was reportedly sneaked into in a luggage bearing her name tag by some unscrupulous workers at Aminu Kano Airport. Days after their arrival in the Muslims holy land, the police arrested Zainab on suspicion of trafficking in drug and since she has been in detention and in danger of being prosecuted and on conviction, executed.

But a letter to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, by her dad defending her innocence and calling for investigation into the matter blew off the lid on the activities of a cabal with international connection whose stock in trade is to sneak drugs in travellers’ luggages. The suspects had been arraigned.

The latest? Zainab’s father has appealed to the Nigerian authorities to intervene, and facilitate the freeing of his daughter saying the Saudi authorities are bent on killing her.

“From the look of things, despite all series of communication between Saudi Arabia and President Buhari’s Adviser on the Diaspora and Foreign Affairs, Abike Dibiri Erewa, this Saudi government is hell-bent on killing my daughter innocently,” he said in an interview with New Telegraph.

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