Aliyu and her mother traveled for Lesser Hajj in December 2018 and was arrested by Saudi Security Officials , in a hotel in Madinah.
She was accused of possessing a bag containing illicit drugs purportedly bearing a tag with her name. Also Ibrahim Abubakar, unrelated to Aliyu, who also traveled on the same aircraft, was also arrested on the same day.
Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has given a donation of N 3 million each to Zainab Aliyu and Ibrahim Abubakar.
Ganduje thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, for his timely intervention to save the lives of the two victims.