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Plateau pilgrims to be re-screened

03 October 2012, 11:14

Plateau - The Plateau Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, has said that it will re-screen the 1,600 intending pilgrims to fish out pregnant women, under-aged children and incapacitated old men and women.

Salisu Musa, Executive Secretary of the board, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Jos that the board would screen out pregnant women through the use of scanning machines.

``The board is aware that some women, who are pregnant organised with their sisters, who are not pregnant to undertake the screening exercise for them in Jos.

``The board will not allow any pregnant woman to undertake a trip to the Holy land as it is capable of denting the image of Plateau,” he said.

Musa said that any lady caught at the airport would be sent back home, as the Saudi Arabian law had banned pregnant women from undertaking the pilgrimage due to its rigours that had been causing miscarriages for pregnant women.

The executive secretary said that the board would also conduct a serious search to fish out incapacitated people that could not perform the pilgrimage without the assistance of other persons.

``We are aware that some people have paid the hajj fare for their incapacitated parents, who cannot perform the pilgrimage by themselves due to their old age.

``We are also aware that some people have paid for their underaged children and the Saudi Arabian laws have frowned against this practice of allowing non adults from performing the exercise,” he said.

Musa urged the intending pilgrims to remain calm as the board had secured all the valid travel documents from the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Kano to allow them have a successful hajj.

He appealed to the intending pilgrims to cooperate with the board officials by obeying all the instructions issued by them for a successful hajj.



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