- NIDCOM chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, warned Nigerians going for 2019 Hajj pilgrimage to stay away from carrying hard drugs
- Dabiri-Erewa reminded the pilgrims that Saudi laws prescribe death penalty against such act
- The NIDCOM chairman lamented that some Nigerians caught with hard drugs in the last few years were still on death row in Saudi Arabia
The chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has warned pilgrims to the 2019 Hajj in Saudi Arabia to resist any temptation to carry hard drugs to the holy land.
Speaking on the heels of the inaugural flight of intending pilgrims, Dabiri-Erewa reminded them that Saudi laws prescribe death penalty against such act, The Nation reports.
According to a statement by the NIDCOM's head of media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the commission chairman lamented that some Nigerians still go against Saudi Arabia authorities’ law despite repeated warnings and workshops for intending pilgrims.
She said that some Nigerians caught with hard drugs in the last few years were still on death row in Saudi Arabia.
Dabiri-Erewa, therefore, pleaded with pilgrims to shun the shameful act.
She also reminded the pilgrims that kolanuts and prescription painkillers in large quantities have been banned in Saudi Arabia.
The commission chairman warned that if found on anyone, the offence attracts severe penalties according to new Saudi Arabia regulations.
She said the federal government, through the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) and various state boards, had made arrangements to attend to the medical needs of the pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nigeria Mission in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, April 30, disclosed that the detained Zainab Habib Aliyu had been released.
Zainab's release came after President Muhammadu Buhari directed the attorney general of the federation to take necessary action on her detention by Saudi Arabia.
It was learnt she was falsely accused of drug peddling in Saudi Arabia and was arrested in December 2018 with Tramadol, a banned substance.
Investigations by the Nigerian government have since revealed that the drug was planted in Zainab’s luggage by a cartel that specialises in planting drugs in the bags of unsuspecting travelers.
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