Hajj: Over 20,000 pilgrims return to Nigeria


Barely one week after the commencement of the Post-Hajj movement to Nigeria, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), said it has airlifted twenty one thousand, four hundred and six (21,406) pilgrims to Nigeria.
The return flight was made in 46 air shuttles by Flynas Air, Medview and Max Airline have seen pilgrims from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT,) Kwara,  Nassarawa, , Ogun, oyo, Osun already airlifted back to Nigeria during the first four days of the operation.
A statement said “the Chairman/CEO of NAHCON, Barr Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammed, has reiterated the determination of the commission to conclude the in-bound operation before the October 17 deadline set by the Saudi authority.
“According to him, the available human and machine at the disposal of the commission is adequate enough to achieve the commission’s objective of meeting up with the target date.
“In a related development, the Nigeria Charge d’Affair to Saudi Arabia, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Umar has called on the state officials and pilgrims to adhere strictly to the official luggage policy stipulated by NAHCON.
“Speaking during an inspection visits to the states of Borno,  Nassarawa and Katsina pilgrims in Makkah yesterday,  the envoy stated that any contravention of the  standard rules set by International Association of Travel Agency (IATA) could attract sanctions and therefore charged the state officials to enforce the 32 kg Main luggage and 8kg rules to fast track the airlift operation”, the statement concluded.


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