Posted by Garba Ahmed | 29 September 2017 | 1,737 times
The last batch of Kaduna State Pilgrims that performed this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia has returned to Nigeria Thursday, signifying the end of the airlift of 6, 709 State pilgrims from Saudi Arabia.
A statement issued by Yunusa Abdullahi, Public Relations Officer of the Board, said 6,713 pilgrims performed hajj from Kaduna State this year among whom four have died in Makkah.
He said the last batch of 212 pilgrims arrived Kaduna around 7:05am on Thursday, on board Med-View Airline.
“The Director General, Bureau of Interfaith, Engr Namadi Musa, Overseer, Imam Ikara and other government appointed officials were all on board the last flight,” the statement added.
Two airlines, Med-View and Max Air transported Kaduna State pilgrims this year. During the returned journey, Max air transported 2,173 pilgrims while Med-View transported 4,542 pilgrims.
“The Overseer, thanked all the government appointed officials under the leadership of Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Balarabe Abbas Lawal, all stakeholders and staff of the pilgrims’ board for ensuring a successful Hajj this year,” the statement added.
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