Two Muslim groups, the Nasrul lahi l fatih Society (NASFAT) and the Muslims Right Concern (MURIC), yesterday commended the Federal Government for efforts to secure the release of Miss Zainab Aliyu and Mr Ibrahim Abubakar, detained by Saudi Arabian authorities. Aliyu and Abubakar were arrested in Saudi Arabia on December 25, 2018, after illicit drugs were found in their luggage.
Abubakar, whose freedom on Wednesday was confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was released to the Acting Consul-General of Nigeria in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Garba Satomi Grema, while Aliyu was released on Tuesday. However, the Muslim groups said Nigerians were glad at the intervention of the Federal Government. On its part, NASFAT hailed the government and the Nigerian Consulate in Saudi Arabia for efforts to secure the release.
The Publicity Secretary of NASFAT, Mr. Banji Busari, said proper investigation should be conducted to unravel the modus operandi of the syndicate which allegedly planted the banned substances in the luggage. He said: “The uncovering of the most heinous crime by the authorities of the NDLEA is a significant achievement which could not have come at a better time than now.
“Apart from revealing the deadly can of worms in some of our various airports, it has helped to save the innocent lives of the hapless young lady and that of Ibrahim. “So far, statistics reveal that eight Nigerians have been executed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in recent time. Another 21 are awaiting the hangman’s noose if found guilty of several offences related to drug trafficking.” However, the Director of the MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, said: “Those caught should be dealt with decisively to serve as a deterrent to others. In addition, the Zainab Aliyu treatment should not be limited to Saudi Arabia.”