The Lagos State Government has commenced airlift its pilgrims for this year’s Hajj.

The first batch of 486 intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj was airlifted at exactly 9.14am on Tuesday.

The pilgrims who dressed in the same Ankara attire otherwise known as Aso Ebi departed Muritala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos in the early hour of Tuesday.

The pilgrims who board Medview Airline Boeing 747/400 were drawn from seven Local Government Areas of the state which include Agege, Ajeromi, Alimosho, Amuwo- Odofin, Apapa, and Badagry/ Ojo.

Second batch of the pilgrims which comprise three hundred and eighteen intending pilgrims on board Medview Airline Boeing 722 also left for the Holy Land few hours after the first departure.

Addressing the pilgrims before the departure, Commissioner for Home Affairs and Amir Hajj, Dr. Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef called on the pilgrims to avoid any act capable of tarnishing Lagos State image’s and the country.

He also advised them against taking any prohibited items to the Holy land as the Saudi authorities would not hesitate to prosecute any of them, who violate its laws.

Dr.Abdul-Lateef urged the pilgrims to pray for the state and the country as efforts are being put in place to ensure hitch free hajj.

A total of two thousand, one hundred and ninety – two intending pilgrims from Lagos State are expected to partake in this year’s hajj.

By: Olalekan Murisiku
Media Assistant To The Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs and the State’s Amirul Hajj

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