The Zamfara state government Tuesday said a Nigerian, Mallam Ibrahim Ibrahim, who was discharged by the Criminal Court in Makka, Saudi Arabia, over alleged drug trafficking will soon be flown into the country and reunited with his family.
Ibrahim, a renowned Islamic Cleric from Zamfara state, was wrongly accused of drug trafficking in the KSA and was on the death row.
But the Special Adviser, Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications to the state governor, Zailani Bappa, in a statement, said Ibrahim’s legal victory followed “a strong defence constituted by Governor Bello Mohammed and dispatched to the Kingdom to ensure his discharge and acquittal in the case that came up Tuesday in Makka.
“Leader of the team to the KSA, the Zamfara state commissioner of special duties, Alhaji Mohammed Saddiq Maiturare broke the news early Tuesday from Makka and said Ibrahim was now a free man.
“It would be recalled that Governor Bello Mohammed earlier met with President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the matter. The president in turn instructed the minister of justice to handle the matter.
“It was however, evident that Ibrahim required the services of advocates which Governor Bello Mohammed swiftly handled by employing a team of lawyers for Ibrahim and constituted a delegation, including a lawyer (representing the National Commission on Diaspora) from the Federal Ministry of Justice, to Saudi Arabia to monitor the proceeding.
“With this development, any moment from now, Malam Ibrahim will be flown back to Nigeria and be reunited with his family’’, the statement said.