Jigawa airlifts first batch of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia

No fewer than 530 intending pilgrims were airlifted from Jigawa to Saudi Arabia on Saturday, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The first set of pilgrims left at 5:30 p.m. via Max Airlines in Dutse International Airport.

The Chairman of Jigawa Pilgrims Board, Falalu Gantsa, said the board had processed 1,500 visas for the intending pilgrims, while the remaining ones were being expected.

Mr. Gantsa said 2,421 pilgrims would be airlifted from the state to perform the 2014 hajj.

He disclosed that the second batch of 600 pilgrims would depart from Dutse Airport on Sunday.

The chairman said all the intending pilgrims had undergone medical examination to ensure their fitness.



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  • musa aliyu

    APC and or Buhari thinks all those who cleave to them are saints in their dream for a new nigeria. Search proves them wrong. Nigerian politicians are selfish for they are thinking of 2019 already when either Atiku or Saraki will clinch power; hence they have exposed themselves. We the masses that voted APC are watching them. The change we were promised MUST be fulfilled otherwise the next time we will phase them out and throw them to oblivion.