Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


NAHCON suspends Hajj flights

27 September 2012, 08:05

Abuja - Worried by the detention of  1000 female Muslim pilgrims from Nigeria, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has temporarily suspended all Hajj flights for the next 48 hours.

Announcing the suspension on Wednesday night at a news conference in Abuja, the National Commissioner in charge of operations, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad said the decision was reached after due consultation with all stakeholders.

To accelerate the process of resolving the matter, he said that President Goodluck Jonathan had approved a high-powered five-man delegation to Saudi Arabia under the leadership of Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, Speaker, House of Representatives to interface with the Saudi authorities over the issue.

Muhammad said that the suspension became necessary in view of the untold hardship Nigerian female pilgrims were going through under the allegation that they arrived Saudi Arabia without their mahrams (male guardians).

"This is untrue as our pilgrims always arrived Saudi Arabia in the company of their mahrams, only to be separated at the airport by Saudi Immigrations.

"The measure is also due to the continued harassment of Nigerian Airline Operators on refusing Nigerian pilgrims to disembark from aircraft on arrival in Saudi Arabia and the forceful return of 159 Nigerian pilgrims from Madina Airport on Wednesday.

"The commission urges all intending pilgrims to remain calm as all hands are on deck to resolve the issue and hajj flights will resume once resolved," he said.

Muhammad assured all pilgrims that Nigeria had sufficient capacity to transport the remaining 60,000 pilgrims well ahead of the closure of Jeddah Airport on Oct. 20.



ICPC denies its chairman was sacked

27 October 2016, 10:41

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...