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Second batch of Lagos Hajj pilgrims set for airlifting


The second batch of Lagos State pilgrims for this year’s Hajj have arrived Prince Mohammed Bin Abdul-Aziz Airport in Medina early this morning.

It was gathered that 429 pilgrims from Alimosho, Apapa, Amuwo-Odofin, Badagry/Ojo, Epe, Eti-Osa and Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Areas as well as officials of the Board which include medical personnel were on board.

The third batch comprising 429 pilgrims are currently at the airport undergoing screening process for the airlifing.

The Amir-ul-Hajj, Dr. Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef emphasised that God has been favourable to the state considering the smooth airlifting exercise recorded so far this year.

He stressed that apart from Katsina State, pilgrims from Lagos State are also ready for airlifting.

Dr. Abdul-Lateef said that the Airbus used for the operation is a modern plane with the capacity to accommodate a large number of pilgrims in a trip unlike the previous years when smaller planes were used to convey pilgrims of some states which slowed down the operation.