Hajj: Sokoto Concludes Airlift Of 4,750 Pilgrims

About 4, 750 persons who are the last set of pilgrims from Sokoto State for the 2016 Hajj exercise were yesterday airlifted from the Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar 111 International Airport to Saudi Arabia.The pilgrims, who were the tenth and last set from the Seat of the Caliphate, were airlifted from the airport at about 1.45pm in a Max Airline Boeing 747, 400 series aircraft, with 326 prospective pilgrims from Bodinga local government, Pilgrims Welfare Agency and state government officials, among others.Expressing delight over the successful conduct of the airlifting exercise which commenced in Sokoto from August 10th, the  Director-General of Pilgrims Welfare Agency, Alhaji Ibrahim Umar, divulged that, they had set up eight sub-committees and a Hajj Tribunal to compliment  the state government’s delegation led by State Assembly Speaker, Alhaji Salihu Maidaji. (adsbygoogle=window.adsbygoogle||[]).push({});“We had in all conducted 10 flights to the Holy Land and none of our intending pilgrims had faced any problem during the security and immigration screenings, either in Nigeria or at Saudi Arabia.“All our pilgrims are conducting their hajj rites without any let or hindrance, both in