Amidst the generated hoopla around the pilgrims from Nigeria being subjected to inhuman treatment by the government of Saudi Arabia, information recently made available to 247ureports.com through sources within the Kaduna State government reveal that 500 men and women pilgrims from Kaduna State arrived Saudi Arabia on Thursday September 27, 2012 without being detained.
According to the information, the pilgrims boarded the plane on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 and arrived at the King Abdul-Aziz International airport in Jedda on Thursday [the next day]. They were checked by security and cleared by the Saudi authorities.
Confirming the safe arrival of the pilgrims to 247ureports.com was the Special adviser to the Kaduna state governor on Islamic matters, Sheik Abdullahi Dan-Maraya. He said that the first batch of the intending pilgrims took off at the Kaduna Airport and arrived their destination without problems.
In his words, “Kaduna state Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa is happy about the development. He has directed the pilgrims welfare board to ensure that no one from the Kaduna pilgrims is been asked to return. We were skeptical about their departure when these issues of deportation were reported in the media. We will continue to ensure that none of our people is being harassed or asked to return. Now that the first batch has passed through security checks at the King Abdul-Aziz international Air port in Jedda, we pray that the rest will not have problem.”