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Nigerian pilgrimage officials arrested, imprisoned in Saudi Arabia

15 September 2015, 16:05

Saudi Arabia - The coordinator of the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) in Mecca, Suleiman Usman, has disclosed that some Nigerian pilgrimage officials were arrested and taken to prison by the Saudi authorities for trespass, Premium Times reports.

Usman made the disclosure while paying a condolence visit, Sunday night, to three Nigerian states that lost six pilgrims in the Mecca crane accident.

Six Nigerian pilgrims including one male from Kaduna State, four females from Gombe State and one male from Katsina, died in the tragedy on Friday.

Also read: 5 Nigerian pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia

The coordinator said the affected officials were medical personnel arrested for embarking on a trip outside Mecca without official permit.

Usman, who did not disclose how many officials were affected, and the states they represent, appealed to pilgrims to desist from traveling outside Mecca without official permit, at least until after Arafat.

Read more at Premium Times

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