The Saudi Arabian authorities have released two Nigerian pilgrims it earlier arrested for alleged possession of substance suspected to be cocaine.
This is contained in a statement issued by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in Abuja on Sunday.
According to New Telgraph, the arrested pilgrims from Kwara State were released following investigation that they were not culpable of the offence.
The statement disclosed that the two suspects were set free after it was discovered that the allegation for which they were arrested was not correct.
About a fortnight ago, two Nigerian pilgrims from Kwara State were arrested over alleged trafficking of drugs into the kingdom.
This is just as President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a “thorough” probe into the circumstances that led to their apprehension and a severe punishment on the ‘agencies guilty of negligence’.
A source at the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had said that the president was not happy about the incident, hence he ordered the probe of the drug agency to unravel the circumstances which led to the arrest of the Nigerians in foreign land.
According to the source, who pleaded not to be mentioned, the president “was hugely embarrassed and as such felt those who allowed the unholy incident leave the shore of the nation’s borders must be made to explain what happened.”