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Hajj: Third batch of Pilgrims arrive

The third batch of 560 pilgrims from Kwara state to this year’s Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia have arrived at Ilorin International Airport safely.

The Pilgrims who arrived at about 6.30am today (Wednesday) were seen hale and hearty.

They were received on arrival by family members, friends and well-wishers as well as members of the state pilgrims welfare board on the ground.

According to the Executive Secretary, Kwara State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Muhammed Tunde -Jimoh, the pilgrims departed King Abdulaziz International Airport Jeddah at exactly 2:40 am Saudi Arabia time.

He noted that the last batch would be airlifted as soon as the board received confirmation of the time from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria.

Radio Nigeria reports that 1,676 Kwara State pilgrims have so far been airlifted back to the state out of the 2,026 including officials who travelled to Saudi Arabia in four batches for the 2019 hajj exercise.

Abdullah Ahmed