By Aminu Ahmed Garko
Minna – Alhaji Shehu Danyaya, leader of 2017 pilgrims (amir hajj) in Niger, on Tuesday said that about 2,909 pilgrims from the state had been transported to Saudi Arabia.
Danyaya said this in Minna during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
‘‘They have since commenced the hajj rites with visits to some holy sites in Madina, Saudi Arabia.
‘‘We have set up clinics in Madina and Makka to address the health needs of our pilgrims,’’ he said.
Danyaya expressed confidence that all the pilgrims would be transported before the closure of King Abdallah International Airport in Jeddah.
He advised pilgrims to desist from carrying prohibited items banned by the authorities in the Saudi Arabian Kingdom.
Danyaya warned that any pilgrim caught with banned items like kola nut and drugs would face the full weight of the law.