The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, in an emergency meeting called by President Muhammadu Buhari, resolved to partner with other relevant agencies to stop the wrongful indictment of innocent Nigerians in relation to drug trafficking offenses in Saudi Arabia.
The meeting which held at the Ministry of Justice on Monday, was called to address the critical issue of drug planting on unsuspecting, innocent Nigerians travelling outside the country to the Middle East most especially to Saudi Arabia which is giving Nigeria a bad name and image internationally.
The technical team provided the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, with a comprehensive report on measures to be taken through Legislation or granting of Executive Orders to curtail further occurrences of drug trafficking and drug syndicate operations.
Malami taxed the technical committee members to forward suggestions on Legislations and Executive orders that can be implemented in this regard to be presented to President Buhari.
The success story of Zainab Habib Aliyu, a 22-year-old Nigerian student, who was released by Saudi Arabian authorities four months after she was arrested over alleged drug trafficking, was used as a focal point at the meeting.
Recall that in April 2019, Chairman / CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa said that no fewer than 20 Nigerians are still on death row in Saudi Arabia and that many were in prisons serving various jail terms.
At the meeting were the AGF, Abubakar Malami, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, officials of the Nigerian Police Force, officials of INTERPOL, Director Consular – Min of Foreign Affairs.
Also, representatives of NiDCOM, NDLEA, Nigerian Immigration Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, FAAN and the Ministry of Justice, were in attendance.