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Zainab set free from Saudi prison…

Zainab set free from Saudi prison…

Zainab Aliyu…

I am excited about the news of Zainab Aliyu’s release from the Saudi Prison and possible execution for alleged drug trafficking of Tramadol in excess. It is a great news to note that the government swung into action and made sure she was set free.

The Father of Zainab also should be applauded for going all out to secure the release of his daughter by alerting the Federal government of Nigeria, the Government in Saudi Arabia and also the International community to intervene on the matter which prompted investigations that led to the arrest of a drug cartel that paraded around Airports and put drugs in the luggage’s of innocent travelers.

Zainab a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano travelled for the Lesser Hajj in December 2018 was detained by Saudi Authorities, who found the planted drugs in her luggage. She travelled from the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport where she experienced the unfortunate incidence.

I took time to imagine Zainab’s pain, her disbelief, her total anguish about the events that occurred to her that faithful day. With a death sentence hanging around her neck. How would she have been, waking up each day knowing that she was closer to death? I imagined how the family would have been in disarray, how they would have been thrown in total pandemonium over events of that day. Four months behind bars is not a thing you can express in words. The relieve that she is free now is beyond words and to be honest regardless of the relieve she feels her life will never remain the same again.

The President Muhammadu Buhari and the special assistant to the President on Foreign affairs and the diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa did the needful and we are glad she has been released and she is currently at the Nigerian Consulate in Jeddah.

This is also a wakeup call to the Government to tighten up security and make sure things like this do not happen to innocent citizens travelling abroad. Have a great week and also be very security conscious especially when you travel, double check and if possible, triple check your luggage

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