Remember the young Nigerian who was wrongfully accused of smuggling illicit drugs to Saudi Arabia in 2019?
Zainab Aliyu was arrested on December 26 after tramadol, a drug prohibited in Saudi Arabia was found in her bag.
The 22-year-old student of the Maitama Sule University, Kano, had travelled to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj alongside her mother and sister.
She, was, however, arrested by Saudi authorities over allegations that the bag bearing her name tag contained tramadol.
Zainab Aliyu has now joined the NDLEA as a Narcotic Officer two years after. She was part of the 2,000 newly trained officers who passed out from the NDLEA Academy on Friday.
Zainab, then a student of Maitama Sule University, Kano, was arrested after a banned drug, tramadol, was found in her bag on arrival in the south-western Asian country; however, she insisted it was planted in her luggage by unknown persons.
The student had travelled from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, in with her mother, Maryam Aliyu, and sister, Hajara Aliyu, but she was arrested over allegations that a bag bearing her name tag contained the unlawful substance.
She was accused of entering Saudi Arabia with an illegal dosage of Tramadol, but it was discovered she was a victim of a cartel that the airport in Kano that specialises in keeping hard drugs in travellers’ bags. Zainab was subsequently released by the Saudi Arabian anti-drug trafficking agency after four months in detention.
She returned to the country, completed her mandatory one-year NYSC scheme, and has now been enlisted into the NDLEA.