Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: 9,825 Kano, Jigawa Pilgrims Return

Kano — A total of 9,825 out of 10, 225 pilgrims who performed this year's Hajj from Kano and Jigawa states have been brought back to the country.

The pilgrims were transported by Kabo, Meridian and Max airlines through the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.

Alhaji Mohammed Yola, the Accepting Officer of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) said this in an interview with reporters in Kano on Tuesday.

Yola said all the 3, 230 Jigawa pilgrims who performed the Hajj had since returned home while 400 remaining Kano pilgrims were still in the Holy land.

"The last batch of about 400 Kano pilgrims and officials of the board are being expected in the country on Friday.

"The pilgrims are all in Medina at the moment and they are expected to leave Medina for Jeddah for their onward journey to Nigeria on Friday."

The official also said that Tradecraft airline that was contracted to transport International pilgrims had completed the operation on Monday.

More than 13, 000 pilgrims, including International pilgrims, were transported to Saudi Arabia for this year's Hajj from the Kano zone.

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