3 Nigerian Hajj Pilgrims Arrested In Saudi With Cocaine

3 Nigerian Hajj Pilgrims Arrested In Saudi With Cocaine

By Agency Reports on August 17, 2016
Hajj, Pilgrims, Saudi Arabia
Muslim pilgrims form a line to be screened for Ebola at the Hajj camp before boarding a plane for Saudi Arabia at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria Thursday, Sept, 18. 2014. (Photo Credit: AP /Sunday Alamba)

Three Nigerian pilgrims, on the entourage for Kwara State, have been arrested in Saudi Arabia for possessing cocaine, a banned substance.

Hajia Fatima Abolore-Jimoh, the executive secretary, Kwara Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, confirmed the arrest on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from Mecca, the Muslim holy city in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

She said the three pilgrims, who were among the first batch of 505 Pilgrims from Kwara, were arrested in Madinnah by the authorities in the Islamic country.

The executive secretary, who did not disclose the identities of the three suspects, said they were still in the custody of Saudi Arabian authorities.

Abolore-Jimoh said the Saudi Arabian law would certainly take its course on the three suspected drug traffickers.

She described the arrest as unfortunate and painful in spite of several appeals to them to be good ambassadors of Kwara and Nigeria.

The executive secretary said that other pilgrims from the state were still in Madinnah, hale, healthy and in good spirit in spite of the unfortunate incident.

NAN reports that 1,978 pilgrims from the state are performing the 2016 pilgrimage exercise. (NAN)


  1. Typical Nigerian shit ! Covering up shit ! If these three have been caught, why’s releasing their identity a sacrilege ? If the law found them innocent after all the brouhaha, then tell the whole world. Concealing info is different frm info management nd somebody must tell all the dimwits in position of responsibility in Nigeria. They must know what they were doing nd if they claim to have been duped into the act, then they must be advised to disclose to both Saudi & Nigerian authorities ! Buh concealing their identities serves no one’s interest.

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