Abubakar Ibrahim speaks on prison experience in Saudi Arabia

Abubakar Ibrahim speaks on prison experience in Saudi Arabia

- Malam Abubakar Ibrahim finally broken silence on his ordeal in Saudi Arabia prison

- Ibrahim was arrested by Saudi authority alongside Zainab Aliyu over hard drug substance

- Both were released following public outcry over their arrest and intensified effort by the federal government

Malam Abubakar Ibrahim has vowed not to forgive the masterminds behind his arrest and subsequent detention by Saudi government over an alleged hard substance trafficking.

Speaking with Daily Trust, Ibrahim, who was arrested alongside another Nigerian Zainab Aliyu for the same offence moments they arrived the Muslim Holy Land for lesser Hajj, said his ordeal was orchestrated at Aminu Kano International Airport by one Abdulkadir.

He said he was taken to court a number of times on the charges that 1,000 tabs of hard substance were seen in a bag with his tag.

According to him, spending over 93 days in Saudi prison was what he never envisaged as life in jail was a nightmare considering the fact that he was in the detention with Saudis, Pakistanis, Yemenis, Bengalis and other nationals who did not understand his Hausa language.

He said: "I was the only Nigerian amongst them. Others were Saudis, Pakistanis, Yemenis, Bengalis and other nationals. They could all speak Arabic. I was the only one who couldn’t understand the language and none of them understood Hausa. So there was language barrier between us.''

Ibrahim also revealed that while in prison, nobody including the Nigerian ambassador visited and his case would have been a forgotten if not for Zainab Aliyu who told her father about his innocence.

On prison life in Saudi jail, Ibrahim said: ''Were protected by God; if not, anything could have happened. I was not able to eat to my satisfaction in the prison, not because there was not enough food but because I was not used to their kind of food.

''As a faithful I resorted to constant prayers, invoking peace and blessings of Allah.''

He also called for an intensified effort on the porous state of the country's security. Ibrahim added that his ordeal could have been easily prevented had everything was well checked before leaving Nigeria for Saudi Arabia.

He maintained: "Of course they do. This is because it is their responsibility to ensure that everything is well checked. I am not saying they have a hand in it but they did not discharge their duties effectively. They need to do more.''

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Zainab Aliyu, a 22-year-old Nigerian student who was arrested by Saudi Arabia authority over alleged hard substance trafficking, finally broke silence on her 124-day ordeal in Saudi Arabia prison.

Speaking on her experience, Zainab said she became inconsolable when the Saudi officials burst into a room where she was staying with her mother for question over a consignment of hard substance "which they said we had illegally brought into the Holy Land from Nigeria.

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