Abike Dabiri finally meets freed Zainab Aliyu

Abike Dabiri finally meets freed Zainab Aliyu

Senior Special Assistant to the President on foreign affairs and diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has met with Zainab Aliyu.

Zainab returned to Nigeria on Monday from Saudi Arabia where she was held for alleged drug trafficking offences.

Dabiri-Erewa’s office and that of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and other related agencies had worked towards Zainab’s release.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Dabiri-Erewa said she was ‘glad’ to see Zainab as ‘we arrive Kano’.

She also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his swift intervention.

“So glad to see Zainub Aliyu, who returned from Saudi on Monday,, as we arrive Kano Thank you ⁦@MBuhari⁩ for your intervention.. An innocent girl saved from being punished for a crime she didn’t commit,” Dabiri-Erewa said.

Zainab, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, was arrested at a Saudi airport after a banned drug, tramadol, was found in her bag.

She claimed unknown persons planted it in her luggage.

The student had reportedly travelled from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in company with her mother, Maryam Aliyu, and sister, Hajara Aliyu, but was arrested over allegations that a bag bearing her nametag contained the unlawful substance.