Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad , has said that the Federal Government has secured the release of a Nigerian student, Zainab Habibu , who was detained in Saudi on suspicion of drug trafficking .

Zainab , a student of Maitama Sule University , Kano , was arrested after a banned drug , Tramadol , was found in her bag . She claimed it was planted in her luggage by unknown persons.

The student had travelled from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in company with her mother , Mrs . Maryam Aliyu, and sister , Hajara Aliyu, but she was arrested over allegations that a bag bearing her name tag contained the unlawful substance .

Zainab , who was accused of entering Saudi Arabia with an illegal dosage of Tramadol , was later discovered to be a victim of a cartel that specialised in keeping hard drugs in travellers ’ bags, some of whom were already in the custody of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency .

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri -Erewa , on Monday said Buhari had directed the Attorney -General of the Federation and Minister of Justice , Mr Abubakar Malami , to immediately intervene in her case.

Taking to his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday @BashirAhmaad , the President ’s aide had tweeted Zainab ’s freedom :

Just about the same time the Presidency tweeted Zainab ’s release , the Senate had , at plenary on Tuesday , stated that Senate President Bukola Saraki had announced senators Kabiru Gaya , Abdullahi Adamu , Aliyu Wamakko , Sam Egwu , Baba Kaka , Monsurat Sunmonu and himself as members of an ad – hoc committee to investigate the matter of Zainab Aliyu.