Hajj: Nige­ria air­lifts 58,000 in 22 days

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­bas Ji­moh, Saudi Ara­bia

The Na­tional Hajj Com­mis­sion of Nige­ria (NAHCON) has air­lifted 58,072 pil­grims back home in 150 flights since Septem­ber 28 when it com­menced re­turn trips.

Com­mis­sioner of Op­er­a­tions of the com­mis­sion Al­haji Ibrahim Modibbo Saleh told Daily Trust yes­ter­day in Makkah that NAHCON was work­ing to­wards com­plet­ing the air­lift be­fore the Oc­to­ber 27 dead­line it set for it­self to com­plete the ex­er­cise.

“We have achieved over 86 per­cent air­lift of pil­grims since we started 22 days ago. De­spite some chal­lenges, the air­lift has been hitch-free and many of the pil­grims who have re­turned home have been re­ceiv­ing their lug­gages and the Zamzam wa­ter,” Saleh said.

He said that while there would be three other flights that fly pil­grims back home with about 1,500 pil­grims, the num­ber of pil­grims that would re­main to be air­lifted would be about 6,000 in­clud­ing of­fi­cials as many of the states have com­pleted their air­lifts.

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