Hajj 2020: Saudi heightens Coronavirus protection, screening

…assures Nigeria, others of hitch-free exercise       The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has heightened screening for intending pilgrims from Coronavirus ravaged area, assuring pilgrims from Nigeria and other countries of hitch-free 2020 Hajj exercise. Nigeria has the quota to bring 95,000 of its citizens on pilgrimage to the holy land for this year’s hajj rite. The Kingdom gave the assurance to provide hitch-free exercise for the pilgrims as it agreed to work together with Pakistan to protect Hajj and Umrah pilgrims from coronavirus which has caused nearly 500…

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2019 Hajj: How Niger State pilgrims received N67m refund

A total of 14,285 pilgrims for the 2019 Hajj operations from Niger state have received N67 million refund from National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). Acting Executive Secretary of Niger State Pilgrims Welfare Board Alhaji Umar Makun Lapai who declared this at the Chanchaga Local Government Secretariat during the official flag off of the refund, maintained that the refund was made to some intending Pilgrims that have paid their money but could not travel due to health challenges, pregnancy or some other personal issues as well as refund for the…

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Hajj 2019: How 9 Nigerian pilgrims died in Saudi Arabia –NAHCON

More details have emerged on nine Nigerian pilgrims who participated in the 2019 Hajj pilgrimage died in Saudi Arabia. Chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) medical team, Dr Ibrahim Kana, who gave confirmed the death of the pilgrims, noted that the number of fatalities increased following the collapse of a female pilgrim from Lagos state, Alhaja Folashade Lawal. Lawal is from Oshodi local government area. “We lost a pilgrim Sunday at the Jamarat (during the symbolic stoning of Shai’tan). She actually collapsed. She was immediately evacuated from the…

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Hajj 2019: Airlift of 65,000 Nigeria’s pilgrims begins

2.5m pilgrims performed 2019 Hajj – Report   MAGNIFICENCE Nearly 2.5 million people fill a site the equivalent of 80 football pitches through the pilgrimage     The airlift of about 65,000 pilgrims from Nigeria has been slated to begin this weekend in about 93 flights from major airports including the King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This came as Hajj authorities in Saudi Arabia face the daunting task of cleaning up after 2.5 million people as the holy pilgrimage comes to an end. Rubbish bins…

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Nigeria losses 9 pilgrims in Saudi

The number of Nigerian pilgrims that died while  performing the 2019 Hajj in Saudi Arabia has risen to nine, the Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Dr Ibrahim Kana, has announced. Kana made the annoucement in Muna while briefing journalists on activities of the medical team of NAHCON for the pilgrims. “The deceased, a Lagos State pilgrim, collapsed at Jamrat and was brought to the hospital in Muna but died. She was hypertensive,” Kana said. Speaking with a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Muna on…

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65,000 Nigerians in Saudi Arabia for Hajj

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has disclosed that no fewer than 65,000 Nigerian pilgrims are in Saudi Arabia for the 2019 Hajj. An official of the commission, Dr. Aliyu Tanko, yesterday told newsmen in Makkah that adequate arrangements have been made by NAHCON to ease the difficulties in performing the Hajj, which begins on Saturday. He said that all Nigerian pilgrims have arrived the Holy land and were engaged in preliminary activities preparatory to the conduct of the proper Hajj. He commended the excellent arrangements made by the…

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Hajj 2019: 45 Nigerian pilgrims sick, on medical observation in Saudi –NAHCON

45 Nigerian pilgrims are on observation for variety of illnesses in the four facilities in Madina and another five in Makkah. The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, which disclosed this, confirmed the death of five Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. The Chairman of the National Medical Team, Ibrahim Kana, released the figure in Madinah from the commission’s National Medical Team Electronic Health Medical Records. He maintained that 108 referrals were made to various Saudi Arabian hospitals. “So far, Nigeria has lost five pilgrims including three females and two males; out…

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Hajj: 75, 919 more Nigerian pilgrims expected in Makkah

No fewer than 75, 919 pilgrims from Nigeria are still being expected to arrive the holy cities of Makkah and Medinah for the 2019 Hajj operations. These numbers of pilgrims are those remaining from the 95,000 pilgrims quota allocated to Nigeria by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Already, the number of pilgrims from Nigeria to Madinah, for the 2019 Hajj, has reached 19,081 in 39 flights. The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) said this in Madinah. With this, xhecks by New Telegraph showed, it remains 75,919 for the 95,000…

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200 families of Christchurch massacre victims invited for Hajj

King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia has ordered invitation and hosting of 200 of the families of the victims of Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand for this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. The hosting is part of the Saudi King Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah that is implemented and supervised by the Islamic Affairs Ministry. Minister of Islamic Affairs and General Supervisor of the Program, Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Sheikh, said in statements to the Saudi Press Agency that the initiative was part of the Kingdom’s counterterrorism efforts. He said that…

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‘Why Umrah visa holders are temporarily barred from entering Mecca’

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has given the reason for slamming a temporary ban on pilgrims with Umrah visas from entering the country. The kingdom had earlier announced Tuesday, July 2, as the last day of entry into the Kingdom for pilgrims who have already been issued with Umrah visas. In a circular, the ministry informed Umrah service providers that the electronic issuance of Umrah visas was stopped on Monday, June 17, ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. It, however, said pilgrims who were issued visas before June…

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