March 25, 2023

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The first batch of 430 pilgrims from Lagos State to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has returned home safely.

The pilgrims touched down at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja at exactly 9.04 pm on Sunday, 17th July 2022, and expressed gratitude to Almighty Allah for His Mercy throughout the pilgrimage.

Appreciating the State Government and its officials for their selfless efforts in ensuring the hajj rites were performed without stress, the participants acknowledged that the journey was smooth and devoid of any serious health challenges or death.

Officials of the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, led by Mrs. Ganiyat Ojomu, Head of Administration and Human Resource, were on ground to receive the pilgrims at the airport.

According to the flight schedule released by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), the return journey which commenced with the first batch on Sunday, 17th July, will run through to 31st July, when the entire 1,655 pilgrims airlifted for the spiritual exercise in six batches, are expected to be in Lagos.

The second batch of returning pilgrims is expected on Tuesday, 19th July 2022.

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