President Muhammad Buhari has asked AGF Malami to ensure Zainab Aliyu’s safe return.

Presidency has directed the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami,to ensure the
safe return of Zainab Aliyu, a student who was wrongly arrested for drugs trafficking in Saudi Arabia.

Aliyu, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, was arrested by Saudi authorities on December 26, 2018 for allegedly travelling with a luggage containing unlawful substance believed to be tramadol.

Zainab had travelled through the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) for Lesser Hajj with her mother, Maryam, and sister, Hajara.

A petition filed by Aliyu’s family later led the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to uncover a cartel at MAKIA which specialised in planting illicit drugs in travellers’ luggage.

The arrest of seven members of the cartel led to the discovery that the tramadol-bearing luggage was planted in her luggage.