Saudi Arabia frees Zamfara-based cleric after 3 years in detention

A Zamfara-based cleric, Alaramma Ibrahim Ibrahim, who has been in detention for three years in Saudi Arabia, has been released, chairman and chief executive officer of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa has said.

Dabiri-Erewa made this known through a post on her Twitter handle on Tuesday.

“Great news from Saudi. Ibrahim Ibrahim locked up for 3 years for an offense he didn’t commit, has been released, Head of legal, @nidcom_gov, Barr Bello, two reps from Zamfara, Gov, travelled to Saudi Arabia, along with our mission and AGs office, made this happen,” she posted.

NIDCOM had earlier posted that a delegation from its commission and Zamfara State Government arrived in Jeddah with documentary evidence provided by NIDCOM for the trial slated for 18/02/2020

The documentary evidence included a written statement by NDLEA stating that they have arrested and charged three persons who planned the drugs on the defendant.

A certified copy of the two counts charges sheet from the Federal High Court Kano.

These documents were provided to the Saudi Court after which they ruled in favor of Ibrahim and DISCHARGED him. Congratulations to Ibrahim.

Dateline Nigeria reports that Zamfara State Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle had earlier engaged the services of lawyers to defend the Gusau-based cleric Alaramma Ibrahim Ibrahim in the court case in Saudi Arabia which carries death sentence.

Matawalle also sent his Commissioner for Special Duties, and the Special Adviser on Judicial Matters to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to monitor the court proceedings earlier slated for today, according to a statement by his media aide Zailani Bappah on Monday.

Ibrahim was arrested in Saudi Arabia and arraigned before the court. He however couldn’t sufficiently prove his case due to lack of a lawyer. He was earlier cleared by two lower courts in Jedda of Saudi Arabia for lack of evidence on the part of the prosecution.

President Muhammadu Buhari had also asked the office of the Attorney General of the Federation to intervene in Ibrahim’s case.

A young Nigerian, Zainab Aliyu, was released from detention in Saudi Arabia last year following the intervention of the Nigerian government. She was erroneously accused of the drug trafficking to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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