The Saudi Arabian authorities today (Tuesday) discharged and acquitted a Nigerian, Ibrahim Ibrahim, who has been in custody for three years over allegations of carrying banned drugs in his luggage in a Saudi-bound aircraft.
Ibrahim is the second Nigerian to have gained freedom from the Saudi Arabian prisons over allegations of drug trafficking, following the case of Zainab Aliyu who was freed last year due to the intervention of the Nigerian authorities.
Judicialsketch’s contacts in Jeddah revealed that a delegation from the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) and Zamfara state government arrived in Jeddah and presented to the Saudi court documentary evidences to assist the court reach a correct verdict in the case earlier in the day.
Some of the documents presented by NIDCOM included a written statement by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) stating that they have arrested and charged to court three persons who planted the drugs in Ibrahim’s luggage.
NIDCOM also presented to the Saudi authorities a certified true copy of the two-count charge sheet from the Federal High Court sitting in Kano.
A source at the Nigerian embassy in Saudi Arabia told Judicialsketch.com that these documents made all the difference as the Saudi court was convinced that Mr. Ibrahim was only a victim of circumstance who had no intention of carrying drugs into Saudi Arabia or knowledge of how the banned substances got into the luggage carrying his name.
He said the discharge and acquittal of Ibrahim is a result of prompt and diligent action by the Nigerian authorities.
Mallam Habibu Nuhu Kila, the father of Zainab who was rescued last year from incarceration in Saudi Arabia, said he was happy that justice is being served upon the right people, and hailed NIDCOM, Zamfara State government and the Saudi authorities for acting diligently to safe innocent people from injustice.
Mr. Kila advised the agencies saddled with the responsibility of manning the Nigerian shores to be more diligent in ensuring that such criminalities are not perpetrated any longer.