• SAD!!! 10 Nigerian pilgrims confirmed dead as over 3m Muslims converge on Mount Arafat

    SAD!!! 10 Nigerian pilgrims confirmed dead as over 3m Muslims converge on Mount Arafat

    No fewer than three million pilgrims converged on Mount Arafat on Sunday to mark the climax of 2016 pilgrimage. A News Agency of Nigeria correspondent covering the Hajj reports that at least 62,000 Nigerians were part of the gathering.

    The event at Mount Arafat featured Pilgrims’ supplication for Allah’s guidance and forgiveness. Staying at Arafat from sunrise until sunset is the major rite of the pilgrimage.

    NAN reports that movement from Muna, where the pilgrims spent the night, started as early as 2am and […]

  • Naira crash: Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi patronise local food vendors

    Naira crash: Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi patronise local food vendors

    Many Nigerian pilgrims currently in Saudi Arabia for this year’s hajj have been patronising local food vendors.

    The food vendors have become more popular among Nigerians because their charges are said to be less compared to those of the restaurants and other eateries.

    A number of pilgrims in Medinah told NAN that they have restricted their spending to feeding and commuting within the city.

    Some said they had prepared for this situation by bringing along items such as toothpaste, soap and cream, among […]

  • Saudi releases Nigerian pilgrims arrested for drug offence

    Saudi releases Nigerian pilgrims arrested for drug offence

    Two Nigerian pilgrims arrested in Saudi Arabia over possession of substances alleged to be cocaine have been released, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has said.

    A statement by the Commission issued in Abuja yesterday, said that the arrested pilgrims from Kwara State were released following investigation that they were not culpable for the offence.

    According to the statement, reports obtained from the Kingdom revealed that the two suspects were set free after it was discovered that the allegation for which […]

  • Buhari angry with NDLEA over Nigerian pilgrims’ cocaine scandal in Saudi Arabia

    Buhari angry with NDLEA over Nigerian pilgrims’ cocaine scandal in Saudi Arabia

    President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly ordered a “thorough” probe into the circumstances that led to the arrest of three Nigerian pilgrims, who were alleged to have trafficked cocaine to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

    The probe, it was gathered, emerged on a day the Federal Government in a bid to “redeem” its image begun an enhanced screening of pilgrims to the holy land, following the arrest of the pilgrims.

    It will be recalled that three pilgrims from Kawara State were recently arrested for […]