Zainab Habib Aliyu, the Nigerian woman arrested and charged for carrying dr*gs into Saudi Arabia, an offence which carried death sentence has been released.
Zainab had been detention in Saudi Arabia, prompting an outrage by Nigerians demanding for her release
Zainab's release came after President Muhammadu Buhari directed the attorney general of the federation to take necessary action on her detention by Saudi Arabia.
There was outrage following the arrest of Zainab by Saudi authorities over charges of bringing dr*gs into the country. But upon further investigation, it was found that the dr*gs were planted in her luggage by a cartel working at the Nigerian airport.
As the news of her release broke, Nigerians took to social media to express joy that she escaped execution
Read some of the tweets below:
The Nigerian government needs to do more.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria Mission in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, April 30, disclosed that the detained Zainab Habib Aliyu has been released.
It was learnt Aliyu was falsely accused of drug peddling in Saudi Arabia and was arrested in December 2018 with Tramadol, a banned substance.
In another report, two Nigerians were said to be on the death row in Saudi Arabia and they may be behead*d 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.
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According to a source, unless President Muhammadu Buhari intervenes, the death toll could be higher. Already, a Nigerian woman, Kudirat Adeshola Afolabi, has been executed by the Saudi authorities.
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.
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