BEVERLY HILLS, May 13, (THEWILL) – Zainab Aliyu, a Nigerian lady previously detained in Saudi Arabia for alleged drug trafficking, has returned to the country after spending four months in detention.
She arrived in Nigeria through the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano on Monday in the company of Ibrahim Abubakar, another Nigerian accused of the same crime.
THEWILL recalls that Aliyu had been detained in the Arab country since December when she was arrested at the Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina because a banned drug was found in her bag.
Aliyu, a 22-year-old student of the Maitama Sule University in Kano, had travelled to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj alongside her mother and sister but she was arrested by Saudi police authorities over allegations that the bag bearing her name tag contained tramadol.
Her arrest had led to the discovery of a drug cartel at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport that reportedly transferred her excess luggage weight to bag that contained tramadol.
She was later released to the Nigerian mission in Saudi Arabia after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered that more efforts be made to investigate and establish her innocence.