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Nigerian pilgrims cleared of drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia

22 August 2016, 18:40

Abuja - Two pilgrims from Kwara state that were recently arrested by the Saudi Arabian authorities for being in possession of substance suspected to be cocaine have been released.

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), confirmed their release in a recent statement in Abuja.

The statement added that the arrested pilgrims from the State were released following investigation that they were not guilty of the offence.

Also read: 3 Nigerian pilgrims arrested in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking

Though residents of kwara, whose relatives are performing this year Hajj exercise have been worried, the identities of the affected pilgrims are yet to be disclosed.

According to the statement from the Kingdom, “the two suspects were set free after it was discovered that the allegation for which they were arrested was false.

It would be recalled that two Nigerian pilgrims from Kwara State were arrested on August 9 and 12 over alleged trafficking of drugs into Saudi Arabia.

- News 24


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