No fewer than 634 Lagos pilgrims have so far been airlifted to Saudi Arabia for this year’s hajj.
The second flight departed the Muritala Muhammed International Airport for Medina, Saudi Arabia, with 316 pilgrims.
The flight which left the airport on Friday at exactly 12.29pm comprises 316 pilgrims from Alimosho, Amuwo-Odofin and Apapa Local Government areas and four medical officials of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria(NAHCON) on board Airbus 777 Medview Airline, making it a total of 634 pilgrims so far airlifted from Lagos State.
Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Abdulhakeem Abdullateef while coordinating the 2nd flight at the International Airport, said “so far, Lagos has airlifted intending pilgrims across six local government areas while arrangements is in top gear to load the 3rd flight. The flight will take care of pilgrims from Badagry/Ojo, Epe and Eti-Osa pilgrims.
“We hope that insha Allah by tomorrow, Saturday, 4th August, the 3rd flight will leave the shore of Nigeria to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia with another 320 intending pilgrims.”
Abdullateef also declared that as soon as the Board was through with the third flight, it would invite pilgrims from Ifako-Ijaiye, lkeja and Ikorodu Local Government Areas for the 4th flight.