Over 13, 000 Nigerian pilgrims reached Saudi Arabia in the first batch of airlifting for Hajj operations. Saudi security authorities said that they had commenced to get penal action against them.
The Saudi authorities have reduced the number of visas issued for this year’s Hajj due to the uncompleted renovation at the Holy Mosques in Kabbah, Makkah and Masjid Nabawiy in Medina. Maj. Gen. Ayed Al-Harbi, however, spoke disappointment that 4,100 pilgrims arrived to perform Haj without a permission. Saudi Gazzette said that the name of these people were included in the list of those against whom castigatory measures would be taken soon.
The authorities revealed earlier that those people who are caught performing Hajj without permission will be exiled and expelled from entering in Saudia for 10 years. also, owners of vehicles used to move into the country illegal pilgrims to the holy sites would be locked up and fined, and their vehicles will be confiscated. It was said that a total of 525,558 pilgrims reached in Saudia to perform Hajj.
Muhammad Bin Naif leaded a meeting of the Supreme Hajj Committee in Riyadh. The meeting talked about a report about construction and renovation of buildings on mountaintops of Mina to search more place for pilgrims in the exhibition area city.