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Senate Sets Up Adhoc Committee to Investigate Zainab Aliyu’s Case

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The Senate has set up a 6 man Ad-hoc Committee chaired by Sen. Kabiru Gaya to investigate how two Nigerians, became victims of an alleged drug cartel that led to their arrest in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for drug related offences.

Prior to their release by the Saudi Authorities on 30th April and 1st May 2019 respectively, Zainab Aliyu and Ibrahim Abubakar made headlines nationally for having banned drugs in luggage bearing their nametag unknown to them.

While both Nigerians have since been released following the intervention of the Nigerian mission in Saudi Arabia and the arrest of 6 persons that were allegedly involved in the conspiracy by the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Senate worried that other Nigerians may have fallen victim to such drug cartels.

It will be recalled that the Saudi Arabian government executed Mrs Kudirat Adeola Afolabi, a widow and mother of two from Nigeria after finding her guilty of drug trafficking in April, 2019.

23 Nigerians are presently on death row for committing various offences punishable by death in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia