Saudi govt. officials visit brutalized Nigerian pilgrims, apologise


The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs is still waiting for any response from the Ministry of Haj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia to complete the procedures concerning the pilgrims of Qatar, as is the case between the two countries in the past.

The Deputy Governor of Madinah, Wahid Asahin, on Monday visited the pilgrims' Hotel, Riyad Al Zahra, in the Markaziya area of Madinah to personally convey the apologies of the Saudi Arabian authorities over the matter.

Saudi has also allocated seven flights of its national carrier to bring pilgrims from Qatar, whose national carrier Qatar Airways is barred from flying to the kingdom due to the blockade.

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He said that the Kingdom was committed to deliver the needed service to Nigerian pilgrims and others around the world.

"The Saudi's also offered to foot the medical bill of the two pilgrims", he said.

He stated that an investigation has been carried out in order to determine the circumstances of the fire.

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He said the authority cherished all pilgrims and would continue to serve them by ensuring they stayed in peace throughout the period of Hajj.

Pilgrims from the south south region of Nigeria who are travelling to Saudi Arabia for the 2017 pilgrimage have been advised to shun vices as they go to perform the hajj exercise in Makkah and Madinna.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that two pilgrims from Nasarawa State were allegedly detained and manhandled on arrival at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina on August 19.

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Al- Sharif said that a team was investigating the cause of the incident.