The government of Saudi Arabia has released another Nigerian arrested on drug related offences to the Nigerian government.
This was disclosed on the official Facebook page of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria on Thursday, May 2.
"Saudi Authorities have released Ibrahim Abubakar to the Ag. Consul General, Nigerian Consulate, Jeddah, Mal Abubakar Ibrahim was arrested of the same offence as Zainab H. Aliyu," the post read.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari’s close diplomatic ties with the Saudi Arabian government reportedly facilitated the release of Zainab Aliyu and Ibrahim Abubakar.
Aliyu, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, who travelled for Lesser Hajj in December 2018 was detained by the Saudi Arabia authorities for allegedly being in possession of banned substance.
Abubakar, another Nigerian was also detained by Saudi authority for alleged drug-related offence.
They were both detained before investigation revealed that they were victims.
Reports have it that sources revealed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was not forthcoming in handling the case until Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa who is the special assistant to the president on foreign affairs and diaspora called the attention of the president to it.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mustapha Sulaiman, had on Tuesday in Abuja announced the release of the two detained Nigerians.
Meanwhile, foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama said the release of Aliyu by Saudi authorities is a further sign of the immense goodwill Nigeria enjoys on the Global Stage under President Muhammadu Buhari leadership.
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