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Saudi Arabia returns 50 female pilgrims again

02 October 2012, 07:38

Abuja - The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has said that a total of 50 female pilgrims had been repatriated to the country in the last 48 hours for the absence of a male guardian (mahram).

A statement issued in Abuja on Monday and signed by Malam Uba Mana, the commission's Head of media, said the development came after the resumption of the transportation of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

According to the statement affected pilgrims were from Kebbi, Kaduna and Niger States.

It said that the air carriers had been directed to return pilgrims without proper documentation.

It further said that NAHCON had successfully transported 3 786 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia since the resumption of the Hajj flight operation on Sunday.

The carriers had operatedeight flights into Saudi Arabia since Sunday, the statement said.

It also said that the success recorded was largely due to the directive to state pilgrims’ welfare boards and agencies, to ensure that only female pilgrims who had the appropriate Mahram (male guardian) were boarded.

The commission, however, appealed to all state Pilgrims Welfare Boards and agencies to comply with the circulars earlier sent to them regarding the marching of female pilgrims with their appropriate Mahram and to ensure that they travelled on the same flight.

The statement said that the commission would continue to deploy its staff at all hajj reception centres together in addition to the support of members of the immigration service and air carriers, to ensure full compliance with all necessary travel requirements.


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