With #FreeZainab campaign – Nigerians have taken to social media to protest the illegal detention of Zainab Aliyu, a student detained in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking.
Zainab, a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, was arrested after a banned drug, tramadol, was found in her bag. She claimed it was planted in her luggage by unknown persons.
The student had travelled from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in company with her mother, Mrs. Maryam Aliyu, and sister, Hajara Aliyu, but she was arrested over allegations that a bag bearing her name tag contained the unlawful substance.
Zainab, who was accused of entering Saudi Arabia with an illegal dosage of Tramadol was later discovered to be a victim of a cartel that specialised in keeping hard drugs in travellers’ bags, some of whom were already in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
The father of the alleged drug courier, Habib Aliyu, had appealed to the Federal Government, the Saudi authorities and the international community as well as well-meaning individuals to intervene in her daughter’s case and save her from being executed unjustly.
Habibu had expressed outrage over the continued detention of his daughter despite the discovery that she was framed by some drug cartel.
#FreeZainab: See reactions from Nigerians:
Subhanallah, this is terrifying! May Allah save Zainab. Nigerian government needs to do all that it can to ensure Zainab does not get a capital punishment for a crime she did not commit in Saudi Arabia. #FreeZainab @ogundamisi @MrAbuSidiq @MsTyma_ @AHayatu @Zahrahmusa @dawisu pic.twitter.com/2chmZ3qpq1
— Buhari Ambassador (@jarmari01) April 29, 2019
— Dadiyata🔴 (@dadiyata) April 29, 2019
Saudi Arabian authorities must free Zainab Habibu Aliyu. Her ordeal shows everything wrong with death penalty. Let us raise our voices, until Zainab is free. No one knows who can be the next victim of such injustice. #FreeZainab #Nigeria #ZainabIsInnocent pic.twitter.com/D6NpPwv6gS
— Amnesty Int. Nigeria (@AmnestyNigeria) April 29, 2019
— Anders🔴 (@Ameenu_Kutama) April 29, 2019
— Chupa Chups 🍭 (@muazzam_tofa) April 29, 2019
— Future President 🇳🇬 (@Yusufabdallahh) April 29, 2019