Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle has appointed Hafeez Ibrahim, an Islamic cleric who was freed from a death sentence in Saudi Arabia as one of his senior special assistants.
Ibrahim, had faced the death penalty in Saudi Arabia after he was allegedly charged with drug trafficking.
Ibrahim was reported to have been in Saudi Arabia to perform the lesser Hajj but was arrested by the police in his hotel room on charges of drug trafficking.
A bag full of banned substances, suspected to have been hard drugs had been linked to his passport details.
The Zamfara State Governor, had consequently employed a team of Saudi Arabian lawyers for Ibrahim.
They however, proved to the court that the said bag did not belong to Hafeez Ibrahim. He was acquitted but could not return home due to restriction on international flights as a result of COVID-19.
Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) had in a Twitter statement acknowledged the Islamic cleric’s return to the country.
Good news.— Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (@nidcom_gov) September 1, 2020
Ibrahin Ibrahim who was locked up in Saudi prison for years for an offense he did not commit is now back home in Zamfara state.
Thanks to the intervention of @MBuhari, Gov Bello Matawalle @Bellomatawalle1, AGF Malami @MalamiSan, our mission in Jeddah and @nidcom_gov