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Hajj: ‘Absconding in whatever form is a crime’ -Official


Hajj Desk Officers in Niger State have been called upon to engage in aggressive sensitization of intending pilgrims on the dangers of absconding while on Pilgrimage.


The Executive Secretary, Niger State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Umar Makun Lapai made the call during an interaction with newsmen shortly after a meeting with the staff of the Board in Minna recently.

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Alhaji Lapai said intending Pilgrims to Jerusalem and Makkah are expected be Ambassadors of the Country and the State which they represent, stressing that ‘absconding was a crime that must be shunned to avoid losing rights and privileges of citizens”.


A statement on Thursday by the Chief Information Officer of the board, Hassan Danladi Idris said the E.S. appealed to all intending pilgrims to see their visits to the Holy Lands as a spiritual one that has a timeline emphasising that “there is no place like home”.


The Executive Secretary explained that the meeting with the Staff of the Board was convened to appraise the challenges and successes recorded during the just concluded 2022 Hajj Operation including the presentation of two awards from the  “Heroes of 2022 Hajj” event that he received from Independent Hajj Reporters and Crusaders Radio, Niger State.


He appreciated the media and Journalists in the State for the significant role they play that leads to the successes recorded during Hajj operations. He therefore, reaffirmed the commitment of the board to strive for more hitch free future exercises.

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