FIRST batch of intending pilgrims from Sokoto state for this year’s hajj exercise will be airlifted to Saudi Arabia today, Monday.
The disclosure was made by the Director General of the state Pilgrims Welfare Agency (PWA), Alhaji Ibrahim Umar.
In a statement made available to reporters in Sokoto by the agency’s Media Assistant, Farouk Umar, the Director General said all arrangement had been perfected to ensure a successful hajj.
Umar assured the pilgrims that decent accommodation and other logistics have been put in place in Makkah and Madinah for their comfort.
He also warned the intending pilgrims against carrying hard and other prohibited items, adding that machines had been put in place for screening.
According to him, 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.
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