JUST IN: HAJJ 2017: First batch of Nigerian pilgrims return

Pic.23. Some of the 460 Muslim pilgrims from Kwara before the take-off of their flight during the inaugural air-lift of 2017 pilgrims at the International Airport in Ilorin on Thursday (3/8/17).
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Pic.23. Some of the 460 Muslim pilgrims from Kwara before the take-off of their flight during the inaugural air-lift of 2017 pilgrims at the International Airport in Ilorin on Thursday (3/8/17). 04012/3/8/2017/Anthony Alabi/BJO/NAN

The first return flight carrying Muslim pilgrims from the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, has landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.

The Flynas flight, XY7701, took off from King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia, at 10:00 a.m. Saudi time.

The Boeing 747 carried 485 pilgrims and 11 officials.

It landed in Abuja at exactly 12:17 p.m.

Meanwhile, another Flynas flight is expected to arrive the country soon with pilgrims from Gombe State.

About 80,000 Nigerian pilgrims travelled for this year’s Islamic pilgrimage.


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  • Mikail Umar

    All praises and thanks be to almighty Allah for the successfull completion of this year’s Hajj, may Allah answered all the prayers by our pilgrims. Ameen

  • emmanuel

    If US Dollar was sold to the so-called pilgrims at N200.00 or there about to make tourism, then this country will never make progress until it is dismembered.
    There is no hope and as such no use singing one Nigeria