The Federal Government has confirmed that Saudi Arabia has released another Nigerian just days after Zainab Aliyu who was held over drug-related charges got released.
The news was confirmed by the Foreign Affairs Ministry via a statement from its Acting Spokesperson, Mr. Friday Akpan, who said the man identified as Ibrahim Abubakar also travelled on the same aircraft Zainab Aliyu was in and was also arrested on the same day.
“Zainab Aliyu, a Nigerian student who travelled for Lesser Hajj with her mother was arrested by Saudi Security Officials on Dec. 26, 2018, in a hotel in Madinah. She was accused of possessing a bag containing illicit drugs purportedly bearing a tag with her name.
“Another passenger, Ibrahim Abubakar, unrelated to Zainab, who also travelled on the same aircraft, was also arrested on the same day,” it stated.
Zainab Aliyu was released on grounds that she may have been victim of an airport cartel which specializes in placing drugs in luggages of unsuspecting travellers.
This was after President Buhari intervened in her case by ordering all agencies to see to her release.
Four suspects were arrested at the Aminu Kano International Airport and are currently being I investigated for their role in the cartel.