Hajj: First batch of pilgrims arrives in Saudi Arabia

The first batch of Nigerian pilgrims yesterday arrived in Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj exercise.

At precisely 10:36 Saudi time, or 8:36 in Nigeria on Tuesday, 429 pilgrims from Ogun State arrived at Prince Muhammad bin Abdul-Azeez International Airport in Madinah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

On Monday at 10:45 p.m., the Flynas A330 airline picked up the pilgrims at Murtala International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos.

The Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board’s press officer, Gafar Alabi, revealed this in a statement.

Reacting through a telephone interview, the Executive Secretary of the Board, Sallau Dauda, expressed happiness about their arrival

He said the second batch was already being airlifted as of press time.

He emphasised that the last batch would be airlifted on Thursday at 10:45pm, recalling that 1,234 and three officials would participate in the Hajj exercise.

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