• Jigawa government to refund money of pilgrims who missed meals during Hajj

    Jigawa government to refund money of pilgrims who missed meals during Hajj

    The Deputy Governor and leader of Jigawa state delegation to Saudi Arabia, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan, has said pilgrims who missed their meals during this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia would be refunded.

    Hassan said this while presenting the Hajj report to Gov. Muhammad Badaru in Dutse.

    He said lists of those affected had been compiled for onward submission to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) for refund.

    He said officials of the commission had signed agreement to refund pilgrims who did not […]

  • Why Governor Bello fired Kogi Muslim Pilgrims Board chair – Fanwo shares reasons

    Why Governor Bello fired Kogi Muslim Pilgrims Board chair – Fanwo shares reasons

    According to reports, the Director-General of Media and Publicity in the Office of the Kogi State governor, Kingsley Fanwo, has stated that Alhaji Sadiq Mohammed Rabiu, chairman of the State Pilgrims Board’s travails was not unconnected with allegations of fraud and dehumanising treatment of pilgrims from the State to this year’s Hajj.

    In a chat with journalists in Lokoja on Sunday, the governor’s spokesman said Rabiu’s travails stemed from allegations of corruption, nepotism and blatant disregard to the welfare of the […]

  • Nigeria protest seizure of pilgrims’ e-wristband by Saudi Authority

    Nigeria protest seizure of pilgrims’ e-wristband by Saudi Authority

    Nigeria is to protest the seizure of electronic wristbands brought into Saudi Arabia for use of its pilgrims.

    The Consulate-General, Nigeria Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Alhaji Muhammad Yunusa, said this at the Post Arafat meeting organised by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Friday in Makkah.

    The wristbands were introduced by NAHCON to monitor each pilgrim’s movement and facilitate easy identification where the need arises.

    However, thousands of the items were seized at the airport in Madinah by security officials […]

  • Pilgrims defy new Saudi rule on ‘devil stoning’ ritual

    Pilgrims defy new Saudi rule on ‘devil stoning’ ritual

    Pilgrims have defied new rules by the Saudi government on the ‘stoning of the devil’, compelling the authorities to revert to old guidelines.

    The directive had been designed to prevent a repeat of the 2015 stampede, which caused the death of more than 2,000 pilgrims.

    Under the new procedure, the estimated three million pilgrims would have been grouped into sets of 250, each with a Saudi guide and an assistant chosen from a participating country. Pilgrims were also not expected to proceed […]

  • Hajj: Pilgrims to return from Sept. 17 – NAHCON

    Hajj: Pilgrims to return from Sept. 17 – NAHCON

    The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) says transportation of pilgrims from Mecca to Nigeria will begin on Sept. 17.

    NAHCON Commissioner of Operations, Alhaji Abdullahi Saleh, announced this during a pre-Arafat meeting with stakeholders in Mecca.

    He said the exercise would start begin with transporting of pilgrims from Kwara and Kogi.

    “FlyNas Airline is ready to begin the operation of returning the pilgrims back home.

    “We have got schedule of FlyNas as at Saturday while Med-view and MaxAir are to follow suit soon.

    “We […]

  • Three Nigerian pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia

    Three Nigerian pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia

    Three out of the 76,000 pilgrims from Nigeria for 2016 Hajj exercise has been reported dead by National Hajj Commission of Nigeria. (NAHCON).

    The Head of Medical Team, Dr Ibrahim Kana confirmed this to all stakeholders during a pre Arafat meeting held at Makkah. Kana, who said two of the pilgrims died in Madinah and one in Makkah, said his medical team were still conducting postmortem to know the cause of death.

    He said one of the dead pilgrims died in his sleep […]

  • Saudi Arabia cautions pilgrims over ‘stoning the devil’ ritual

    Saudi Arabia cautions pilgrims over ‘stoning the devil’ ritual

    To avert a repeat of the last year’s tragedy, the Saudi authorities have rolled out rules to guide the “stone the devil” ritual in Jamarat during this year’s pilgrimage.

    They warned that any pilgrim who violates the schedule would be arrested and prosecuted.

    The warning is coming against the backdrop of the stampede which left more than 2000 pilgrims dead and scores injured during last year’s hajj.

    A representative of the Saudi Arabia Hajj Ministry, Sheikh Mohammed, in a meeting with African officials […]

  • You are on your own if caught with drugs – Sani Bello warns pilgrims

    You are on your own if caught with drugs – Sani Bello warns pilgrims

    Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has admonished 2016 Pilgrims to SaudI Arabia from the state to be good ambassadors throughout their stay in the holy land.

    Sani Bello gave this advice at the weekend while addressing the last batch of intending pilgrims from the state at the Minna International Airport.

    The Governor enjoined them to be good ambassadors of the state and country by avoiding image-tarnishing acts trafficking in drugs and kolanuts.

    “You must be warned of the stringent Saudi Arabia […]

  • Weakening Naira forces Nigerian pilgrims to cut down on spending

    Weakening Naira forces Nigerian pilgrims to cut down on spending

    Many Nigerian pilgrims currently in Saudi Arabia for this year’s pilgrimage say they have cut down on their spending following the fall in the value of the Naira.

    The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that a number of the pilgrims interviewed in Medinah said they have restricted their spending to only the basics.

    They said they now spend only on feeding and commuting within the city.

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

  • Hajj commission boss didn’t steal from pilgrims – Group

    Hajj commission boss didn’t steal from pilgrims – Group

    Civil Society Group for Good Governance, CSGGG, yesterday, faulted the recent allegation of N1.7 billion against the Chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammed, describing it as the handiwork of his enemies.

    Recently, Civil Society Network Against Corruption, CSNAC, a coalition of over 150 anti-corruption organisations, had urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to investigate alleged corrupt acts in the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, under the leadership of Mohammed.

    The petitioners told EFCC that […]

  • No concessionary foreign exchange rate for pilgrims – CBN

    No concessionary foreign exchange rate for pilgrims – CBN

    The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has debunked claims in certain quarters suggesting that prospective pilgrims have been granted concessionary foreign exchange rate for the 2016 pilgrimage.

    This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday by the bank’s acting Director of Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor.

    According to the statement, the CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, said there was no preferential exchange rate of any sort to intending pilgrims.

    He clarified that laid down procedure was followed in arriving at the exchange […]