The Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON), on behalf of management and entire staff of the Commission, felicitates with Nigerian government over the safe release from prison of Zainab Habib Aliyu, the innocent Umrah pilgrim from Kano who was implicated in a drug trafficking related issue in Saudi Arabia.

The Commission applauds the unwavering drive by the federation’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs towards securing the pilgrim’s release. Equally, NAHCON hails all the efforts put by our various missions in Saudi Arabia towards achieving the same objective. Also commendable is the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for honouring the investigations carried out to prove the victims innocence.

Indeed, the Kingdom’s Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Adnan Bin Mahmoud Bostaji, and other diplomats played vital roles in the correspondence that led to the release of our fellow citizen from jail.

NAHCON would like to seize this opportunity to once again warn travellers to remain vigilant over their luggage to avoid falling preys to unscrupulous drug couriers waiting to ferry their illicit consignments through unsuspecting persons. This warning is very necessary considering the peak of Ramadan Umrah is approaching.

Fatima Sanda Usara