Following a meeting between President MuhammaduBuhariand Governor Bello Mutawalle of Zamfara State, over the case of a Nigerian cleric, Ibrahim Ibrahim on the death row of the government of Saudi alleged to have trafficked drugs, President Buhari has directed AbubakarMalami, attorney-general of the federation, to handle the case of Ibrahim.
Buhari gave the directive after Mutawalle, prevailed on him to see to the release of Ibrahim, an indigene of Zamfara.According to a statement by ZailaniBappa, media aide to Mutawalle, Ibrahim was wrongly placed on the death row for charges bothering on drug trafficking.
He was earlier cleared by two lower courts in Jedda for lack of evidence on the part of the prosecution.However, the prosecution appealed against him in Makkah where he was expected to have a lawyer or risk execution judgment.
To this end, President MuhammaduBuhari has already directed the Minister of Justice, AbubakarMalami, to handle the matter appropriately in order to save the innocent life of Ibrahim.
It would be recalled that in April 2019 Saudi authorities released ZainabAliyu, a student of Bayero University, Kano (BUK) following the intervention of the Federal government.Aliyu had been arrested and detained for drug trafficking but the government of Saudi Arabia investigated the case and set her free after discovering that she was a victim.