Hajj 2012: 40,000 Nigerian pilgrims airlifted

NAHCON says the deportation of female pilgrims has stopped

The deportation of female pilgrims intending to perform Hajj in the Islamic Holy land has stopped, an official of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has said.

The NAHCON desk officer at Jeddah International Airport, Mohammed Girei, said there has been no recent case(s) of deportation.

“I can confirm that there has been no new case of deportation of female pilgrims over the lack of male companion.

“Some women initially deported have since returned to Mecca and are already performing the religious obligations,’’ he said.

Mr. Girei expressed confidence that all 95 thousand Nigerian pilgrims would be transported to Saudi Arabia before the closure of Jeddah Airport on October 20. He said over 40 thousand Nigerian pilgrims have already arrived Saudi Arabia for the Hajj and more would still arrive as the Jeddah airport was witnessing at least five flights arriving from Nigeria daily.

He commended the pilgrims and airlines for cooperating with the commission toward ensuring the success of the transportation.

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