By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Governor Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun) has finally received the arrival of Hafeez Ibrahim Ibrahim after rescuing him from the Saudi State hangman.
This was made known in a statement signed by his Special Adviser Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications, Zailani Bappa, dated September 1, 2020.
For nearly four years, Alaramma Ibrahim, a Zamfara State Cleric, faced a death penalty in Saudi Arabia, a trial that wrongly charged him with drug trafficking.
It was an emotional reception when Governor Matawalle handed him over to his waiting family who had their hearts in their mouths for nearly four years as their loved one cooled his feet in a Saudi Arabia gaol awaiting death sentence.
Hafeez Ibrahim was in Saudi Arabia in early 2020 to perform the lesser Hajj but was arrested by the Police shortly after he has lodged in his hotel room. He was charged with the offence of drug trafficking following a bag full of banned substance linked to his passport details.
Abandoned by the then authorities who ought to have stood for him, he was found guilty in a lower Saudi Court and also in the upper Court.
He was to be announced guilty and sentenced when Governor Bello Mohammed assumed office last year.
The Governor then vowed to rescue the innocent Ibrahim as he sent a team of experts with the help of the Federal Government and appealed the case.
He employed a team of Saudi lawyers for Ibrahim who proved to the court that the said bag did not belong to Hafeez Ibrahim.
Ibrahim was finally acquitted early this year but could not return home due to restriction on international flights as a result of Covid-19.
He however, landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport from Lagos today following a night journey from Cotonou.
Governor Matawalle, who announced the appointment of Hafeez Ibrahim as one of his Senior Special Assistants, assured that his administration will continue to fight for the rights of citizens of the state wherever they are.
He said that the travails of Hafeez Ibrahim is a lesson to all especially international travellers to be vigil and extra careful especially with their luggages.