Presidency reacts to Zainab Aliyu's arrest in Saudi Arabia over drug-related issue

Presidency reacts to Zainab Aliyu's arrest in Saudi Arabia over drug-related issue

The presidency has said it is aware of the arrest and detention of a Nigerian identified as Zainab Aliyu, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the attorney general of the federation to take necessary action.

Legit.ng gathers that the disclosure was made by the senior special assistant to the president on foreign relations and diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

According to social media user identified as Abdulkadir Nasidi, Aliyu was wrongly arrested in Saudi Arabia for drug-related issue and is currently in detention.

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central senatorial district at the upper chamber, Shehu Sani, said the National Assembly could move action to highlight Aliyu's case if her parents could send a petition to the legislature.

He said: "If the Parents of Zainab Habibu Aliyu,the Nigerian girl in detention in Saudi Arabia can immediately send a petition to NASS stating her case and innocence,we can move action to highlight her case and demand for urgent action to secure her freedom."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that 2 Nigerians were on the death row in Saudi Arabia and they may be beheaded any time from now.

Eleven others were also said to be serving various jail terms for drug trafficking in the kingdom, while another suspected trafficker was awaiting trial.

The 23 death row inmates could not be named for “diplomatic and sensitivity” reasons.

According to a source, unless President Muhammadu Buhari intervenes, the death toll could be higher.

Already, a Nigerian woman, Kudirat Adeshola Afolabi, was executed by the Saudi authorities about two weeks ago.

The late response of the ministry of foreign affairs to a memo from the Nigerian consul general, Ambassador MS Yunusa, is believed to have contributed to the execution.

It was learnt that the ministry had been “diplomatically slow” in responding to issues connected with Nigerians.

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The consul general was said to have written twice to the minister of foreign affairs, Godffrey Onyeama, in December 2018 and February 2019, raising the alarm over the plight of Nigerians in Saudi Arabia.

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