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Nigerian pilgrims return home

…Kogi to arrive Monday

By Ishola Balogun, Saudi Arabia

The National Hajj Commission, NAHCON has concluded arrangements for the airlifts of 55,000 Nigerian pilgrims back to the country.

The arrangements would commence with pilgrims from Kogi State who would be airlifted back to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Nigeria, Monday with Flynas Airline (a Saudi-based Air Carrier) from King Abdulazeez International Airport, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

It will be recalled that Kogi State Pilgrims were the first to be airlifted to the holy-land when the exercise commenced on 21st July, 2018.

NAHCON Director of Operations, Abdullahi Saleh, announced Sunday in Jeddah after a meeting with the airline operators.

He said NAHCON and the air carriers would adhere to the initial sequence of pilgrims journey to the Holy land, to be fair in discharging the duty.

“The tradition of first come, first return will be observed as a principle and in line with the Saudi guidelines for fairness and equity,” he said.

He appealed to pilgrims and the operators to conduct the home-bound journeys orderly, adding that the handlers had indicated their readiness for the operation.

NAHCON also reiterated that each pilgrim should adhere strictly to 32kg check-in luggage and 8kg hand-luggage aviation rule, adding that the rule would be duly enforced to guide against any abuse.

“It is expected that the return journey would be faster than the inward journey into Saudi Arabia simply because over 95% of the pilgrims are ready for home after the pilgrimage. State Pilgrims Welfare Boards and FCT have been enjoined to prepare their team readily in accordance with the flight schedule that is given to them,” he said.

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