Saudi Arabian authorities have released Zainab Aliyu and Ibrahim Abubakar, Nigerians arrested for alleged drug trafficking, Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed.
This is coming after President Muhammadu Buhari waded into the alleged drug-related case.
News Agency of Nigeria had reported that President Buhari had directed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, to intervene in the case of a Nigerian student, Zainab Aliyu detained by Saudi Arabia authorities.
According to NAN, Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora said “President Muhammadu Buhari gave the directive immediately the matter was brought to his attention about two weeks ago.”
Zainab Aliyu, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, who travelled for Lesser Hajj in Dec. 2018 was detained by the Saudi Arabia authorities for allegedly being in possession of a banned substance, Tramadol.
Reports from NAN