The Nigerian Customs Service have called on intending pilgrims from Niger State to Saudi Arabia, to desist from carrying along with them, prohibited items to the holy land.
VON reports that the airlift of pilgrims from the state is slated for 26th July, 2019.
The Nigerian Customs Service Area Comptroller in charge of Niger, Kwara and Kogi states , Alhaji Yusuf Abba Kassim made the call while briefing newsmen in his office in Minna, Niger State Capital.
Comptroller Abba Kassim said ‘‘the Customs would work with other security agencies in fighting the menace which has tainted the country’s image in Saudi Arabia.”
He said the Service has acquired more facilities around the airports to ensure non of the intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia or any passenger devised any means of escaping with unwanted items.
Meanwhile, the Director of operations of the Niger State Pilgrims Welfare Board ,Alhaji Attahiru Dukku has commended the effort of the Customs in ensuring hitch free Hajj operations.
He said the board was particularly appreciative of the Customs Service for deploying it’s facilities at the airports across the country to aid activities of the boards.
Dukku draw the attention of the intending pilgrims that the departure of the first set from the state is scheduled for 26th of July, 2019 and not 23rd of July as earlier announced.
He advised intending pilgrims to beware of elements who always impersonate airport officials and to make use of hand luggage given to them by their respective Hajj Commissions.