From: Tunde Omolehin, Sokoto
The Sokoto State Pilgrims Welfare Agency, on Monday, commenced the airlift of the state’s first batch of intending pilgrims to the 2017 Hajj to Saudi Arabia.
Director-General of the agency, Alhaji Ibrahim Umar, disclosed in a statement. He said all arrangement had been perfected to ensure a successful hajj.
He also assured the pilgrims that decent accommodation and other logistics have been put in place in Makkah and Madinah for their comfort.
The Director-General warned the intending pilgrims against carrying hard and other prohibited items, adding that machines had been put in place for screening.
He stressed that anyone caught with drugs would be handed over to the appropriate authorities for prosecution.
The Director-General expressed gratitude to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal for creating a conducive atmosphere for a successful Hajj operation in the state.