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120 deported female pilgrims return to Saudi

16 October 2012, 10:09

Kano  - One hundred and twenty of the 221 female pilgrims from Kano who were deported from Saudi Arabia recently for failure to travel with their male guidance, have been transported back to the Holy Land.

Nuhu Badamasi, the Public Relations Officer of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board, disclosed this on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano.

He said the pilgrims were transported back to the Holy Land on Sunday after all the necessary corrections were effected in their travelling documents.

``The board was able to provide each of the intending pilgrims with a Mahram before their departure to the Holy Land on Sunday.’’

Badamasi said that the affected pilgrims were allowed entry into the Holy Land after landing at the King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah.  

He said the remaining 101 female pilgrims would be transported back to Saudi Arabia on Monday.

``As I am talking to you now, all the remaining 101 female pilgrims are at the Hajj camp, awaiting the arrival of the Meridian aircraft that will transport them back to the Holy Land,’’ Badamasi said.

He said that the remaining intending pilgrims from the state would be transported to the Holy Land on Wednesday.  

``The last flight for the state pilgrims comprising the officials of the board and other remaining pilgrims is expected on Wednesday.’’


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