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Sept 27, 2012 – 171 Nigerian Pilgrims Deported From Saudi Arabia

After the Federal Government 24 hours’ ultimatum to Saudi authorities to release the 400 Nigerian female pilgrims detained in the country, another 171 pilgrims from Taraba and Katsina States were yesterday sent back from the country.

It was gathered that the Max Air, one of the national carriers, had to turn back with 171 female pilgrims from Medina after the Saudis denied them entry into the country on the excuse that none of them was accompanied by their husbands or approved male partners. As at Wednesday night, Saudi authorities were still threatening to deport the pilgrims, who were from Jigawa and Sokoto States.

All the intending pilgrims were disappointed when the aircraft landed in Malam Aminu Kano International Airport at 4.58pm local time.

A visibly angry woman identified as Aisha Ismail lamented that it was a sad and painful experience: “it was a horrible experience from friendly quarters.”

She said: “We were quarantined in a prison-like camp: no food, no water, and with few conveniences to cater for hundreds of my unfortunate type in the camp.

“The trek into uncertainties began four days ago when we left Yola International Airport for the pilgrimage. My joy evaporated after the airport screening, when hundreds of us were denied entry into the kingdom and subsequently driven into an open camp.

We spent three days in the camp, kept under the watchful eyes of no-nonsense security agents that did not understand our dialect and we do not understand theirs. We were dehumanised by Saudi Arabian authorities for no reasons.”

Dailypost gathered that Katsina State has the largest number of deportees with a total of 111, and Taraba State with 60 female pilgrims.

Meanwhile, the Senate President, David Mark said efforts must be made to ensure that the pilgrims were released and allowed to perform hajj. “Saudi is a member of SHOORA. (Source: Daily Post)



  1. Richy Richard

    September 27, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    so we really have leaders?

  2. Richard pocket

    September 27, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Saudi arabians no get respect o..!!!

  3. Chinedu Evans

    September 27, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    9ja Muslims are regarded as “FAKE” and most of them go there to make money.

  4. Akinnuoye Henry Gbeminiyi

    September 27, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Too bad…..

  5. Alhaji Abdulrahman Imam

    September 27, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    It will be advisable for the Nigerian government to quickly draw the attention of Saudi government to allow the intending pilgrims to perform their religeous obligation as prescribeb by the islam. If there is any problem let them settle their diffreces governmentally.

    Secondly, the nigerian government should also consider that if the above people were denied their right, we muslim will never forgive.

    • kruzykid

      May 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      hmmm,alhaji,is it written in d QUARAN dat we should nt 4giv our offender ?. Highly disappointed in you alhaji

  6. Amaka Sunny

    September 28, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    sorry oo.

  7. Adeyemo murithador

    September 28, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Walahu alam.but am not happy wit it

  8. Hamzat Ganiu

    September 28, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    @chinedu u just talk rubbish, not to make money but to serve GOD.

  9. Mutable V Okpuzor

    September 28, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Can we say insult or disgreace…….

  10. Mutable V Okpuzor

    September 28, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Do u hv any option to this

  11. Sanjo

    September 28, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Ar they scared of bokoharam

  12. Igyundunase

    September 28, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Only the saudi no what they were out for.

  13. abolarin adeniyi

    September 29, 2012 at 5:52 AM

    Somethn must av went roung somewhere. It sadden story 2 b heard of. May Allah Tahlah 4gve all of us.


    October 7, 2013 at 10:04 PM


  15. gift

    April 7, 2019 at 1:51 AM

    i do not understand how people will treat you guys like animals and you keep spending your money to go each year! what a shame!!!!

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