Zainab Aliyu Kila, a Nigerian woman who was framed by a drug gang while flying to Saudi Arabia for the lesser Hajj in 2018, has hired the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, or NDLEA.


Remember that on December 26, 2018, Miss Aliyu, a student at Maitama Sule University in Kano, was detained by Saudi authorities for reportedly travelling with bags containing illegal narcotics, including tramadol. Zainab had flown at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, MAKIA, with her mother, Maryam, and sister, Hajara, for the Lesser Hajj.

The Saudi authorities discovered a package carrying forbidden narcotics shortly after she landed at Jeddah Airport and connected it to Zainab, who was arrested in her hotel room.

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The Saudi Arabian anti-drug trafficking agency accused her with drug trafficking and jailed her for four months.

Authorities learned that drug barons, in collusion with Kano airport staff, had tagged a bag with the drugs in her name after multiple appeals from her parents, the media, and civil society organisations. Here’s where you can learn more. She was released after independent investigations by Nigerian and Saudi officials determined her innocence.

She came to the country, finished her one-year NYSC service, and is now a member of the NDLEA. On Friday, November 19, she was one of 2,000 freshly trained NDLEA officers commissioned at the agency’s academy in Jos, Plateau State.