President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly ordered the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, to secure the release of a Nigerian Cleric, Ibrahim Ibrahim, in Saudi Arabia.
The cleric is on death row on charges bordering on drug trafficking. The initial directive came from Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mutawalle, who urged President Muhammadu Buhari to see to the release of the cleric.
A statement issued by the Media Aide to Governor Bello Mutawalle affirmed that Ibrahim, an indigene of Zamfara State, was wrongly placed on death row.
The statement reads:
“Governor Matawalle yesterday met with President Muhammadu Buhari and appealed on behalf of Ibrahim Ibrahim whose judgement was scheduled for next week, on charges of drug trafficking,
“Ibrahim, an Islamic cleric, was wrongly arrested in Saudi Arabia and arraigned before the court but could not sufficiently prove his case due to lack of a lawyer. 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 judgement.
“To this end, President Muhammadu Buhari has already directed the Minister of of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to handle the matter appropriately in order to save the innocent life of Ibrahim Ibrahim.”
The Nigerian authority had, in April 2019, helped secure the release of Zainab Aliyu, a student of Bayero University, Kano (BUK), who was wrongly detained for drug trafficking by the government of Saudi Arabia.