Zainab Aliyu, lady wrongfully accused of drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia, joins NDLEA

She was arrested on December 26, 2018 after tramadol, a drug prohibited in Saudi Arabia, was found in a bag bearing her name tag.

Zainab, who was a student of the Maitama Sule University, Kano, had travelled to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj alongside her mother and sister, but was nabbed over allegations that the bag containing the illicit drugs belonged to her.

Her arrest had led to the discovery of an alleged drug cartel at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport that reportedly transferred her excess luggage to the bag that contained tramadol.

After spending 124 days in prison, Zainab was released after intervention from the Nigerian government, NDLEA, and civil society organisations.

After she was release, Zainab had narrated how she learnt “pure Arabic” and memorised half of the Qur’an during her time in the Saudi prison.

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