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Saudi deports another 510 Nigerian female pilgrims

28 September 2012, 09:24

Abuja - Saudi Arabia on Thursday deported another batch of 510 female prospective pilgrims to Nigeria.

The pilgrims, majority of who were from Kano and Jigawa states, arrived through Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, at  8.13 p.m. aboard a Meridian Airline aircraft.

There were also some women from Sokoto and Zamfara states in the flight.

An official of National Hajj Commission (NAHCON), who pleaded  anonymity,  told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that 200 of the women were from Kano State and 300  from Jigawa.

Some of the women said they spent between four and five days at Jedda airport on the floor without food.

``This is the most dehumanising situation I have ever experienced in my life," one of the women said.

Another, Binta Malami, said she travelled with her husband but  was denied entry to Saudi Arabia because his name did not correspond with the name written in her passport.

Musa Sayyadi, the only male pilgrim among the deportees, said he decided to return with his wife because of the inhuman treatment meted out to the women at the airport.

Najib Adamu, the Amirul Hajj of Jigawa and Emir of Kazaure, and Laminu Rabi’u, the Executive Secretary, Kano State Pilgrims’ Welfare Board, were at the airport to receive the deportees.



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