Nigeria rescues another citizen from execution in Saudi Arabia

Rahila LASSA, Abuja

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The Nigerian government has for the second time in ten months rescued one of its citizen from execution in Saudi Arabia.

On the instruction of President Muhammadu Buhari through its agencies,  Malam Ibrahim Ibrahim, an indigene of Zamafara state, was rescued from being executed by Saudi Arabia authorities over drug related matters.

In a statement by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media and Public Relations of NIDCOM in Abuja on Tuesday, the Chairman/CEO of NIDCOM, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa announced the cheery news to stakeholders on Migration and Diaspora affairs in Abuja.

Dabiri-Erewa said, Ibrahim, a Cleric, was an innocent Nigerian that fell victim of a drug planting/trafficking syndicate when he travelled to Saudi Arabia in March 2017 for lesser hajj.

On getting to the Jeddah airport, he was held, charged, tried in Saudi Arabia and found guilty before a case of retrial was granted.

This re-trial which was facilitated by the multi- government collaboration of NIDCOM, Attorney-General of the Federation and  Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Zamfara State Government came up on February Saturday 18, 2020 with necessary documentary  evidence and he was discharged and freed of the allegations of drugs.

The documentary evidences provided included a written statement by NDLEA stating that they have arrested and charged three persons who planted the drugs on the defendant and a certified  copy of the two counts charge sheet from the Federal  High Court Kano.

It will be recalled that in April 2019, NIDCOM in conjunction with the Nigeria Mission in Saudi Arabia secured the release of Zainab Habib Aliyu, another Nigerian wrongly accused of drug trafficking.

Zainab’s release came after President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Attorney General of the Federation to take necessary action on her detention by Saudi Arabia as she was falsely accused of drug peddling in Saudi Arabia in December 2018.

Investigations by the Federal government revealed that the drug was planted in Zainab’s luggage by a cartel that specialises in planting drugs in the bags of unsuspecting travellers.

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