The Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has commenced the transportation of pilgrims back to Nigeria from Makkah, the Board’s Public Relations Officer, Yunusa Abdullahi, said.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Makkah that the journey back home started after successful completion of Hajj rites by Muslims from the state.
According to him, 489 pilgrims already in Jeddah will be transported to Nigeria via Flynas Airline.
He said the pilgrims for the first flight would leave on Sunday, September 18.
Mr. Abdullahi added that the pilgrims for the second flight were undergoing screening and would be taken to Jeddah also on Sunday for their journey back home.
He stressed that the airline was strict about ensuring that pilgrims complied with stipulated rules, adding that their luggage were being weighed to ensure that they adhered strictly to only 40 kg.
He then urged the pilgrims to try and abide by the main and hand luggage policy of 32kg and 8kg respectively.
He also advised the pilgrims to avoid taking prohibited items which included sharp objects, toys, guns, firearms, explosive and flammable materials in their hand luggage.
According to him, the pilgrims board advises pilgrims to comply with the policy as it will avoid losses and delay in their journey back to Nigeria.
He called on the pilgrims not to carry Zam Zam water in their luggage and assured them that each pilgrim would be given five litres of the water as soon as they arrived Nigeria.
He prayed for a hitch-free transportation of the pilgrims back to Nigeria.