By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The first batch of 550 Intending pilgrims from Kogi State to perform this year’s pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia have arrived safely.
In a statement made available to the newsmen in Lokoja by the Kogi Hajj Commission Media Officer, Amuda Dan Suleman, stated that there was no cause for alarm.
He stated that the pilgrims, boarded Max Airline Boeing 747 aircraft and has landed at King Abdulazeez International Airport, Jedah around 1:35 pm (Saudi Arabia time) on Sunday.
The pilgrims, who, were in good health, were later transported in buses from the airport to Medinah where they would commence their hajj rites of observing obligatory two rakats prayer at the Masjid Haram mosque, Medina.
In a chat with the Kogi State Hajj Commission, Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Muhammed Sani, he hinted that the second batch of 273 pilgrims from the state were expected to leave Abuja for Jeddah tomorrow.
Sani said that the commission had made adequate arrangements to ensure that airlifting of the pilgrims to Saudi Arabia was hitch-free, adding that no pilgrim would be given preference.
“It is agreed that no pilgrim will be given preference during the return airlift also,” He added.
A total of 823 pilgrims from Kogi State are expected to perform the 2017 Hajj.