By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
The airlift of Muslim pilgrims from Niger State is expected to be concluded next Sunday.
The fifth batch bearing 545 intending pilgrims left the Minna international airport in the early hours of Friday.
Two female pilgrims from the state who missed out from their earlier scheduled flights last Tuesday were amongst the fifth batch airlifted and the left over intending pilgrims from fourteen local government areas of the state.
The airlift of the intending pilgrims have been without much hitch except for isolated cases of lost of traveling documents and confusion arising from poor enlightenment of the intending pilgrims and shabby arrangements by pilgrims welfare officers of council areas.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello had earlier in the week visited the airport to inspect ongoing airlift of the intending pilgrims from the state where he expressed satisfaction with the airlift exercise and the schedule of flights by the carrier.
Governor Sani Bello had asked the intending pilgrims from the state to pray for the state and his administration while at the holy land.
The governor also warned them against acts that could tarnish the image of the state and Nigeria.
On board the fifth batch airlifted on Friday morning were the left over pilgrims from fourteen local government areas who had issues with their documents, flights schedules and international passports and travel visas.
A middle aged female intending pilgrim had last Tuesday lost her balance and fell off while struggling to get onboard the aircraft as the fourth batch was getting onboard the aircraft for take off.
Medics at hand at the airport who first attended to the woman, said the woman had a knee cap dislocation and had to be rushed to the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida Specialist Hospital in Minna for proper medical attention.
Sources close to the hospital confirmed that the patient was receiving treatment at the hospital as medics have worked on the injured knee to reposition the dislocated knee.