Partner NDLEA to curb smuggling of prohibited items, NAHCON tells states


The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has urged state pilgrims’ welfare boards to collaborate with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to curb smuggling of prohibited items into Saudi Arabia.

Jalal Arabi, the NAHCON Executive Chairman said this in a statement by Mrs  Fatima Usara, the commission’s Assistant Director of Public Affairs, yesterday in Abuja.

Arabi highlighted the importance of collaboration between state authorities and related agencies to apprehend those attempting to smuggle prohibited items.

He said, having such collaboration would guard against embarrassing Nigeria and causing delays during screening of pilgrims in both countries.

Arabi said, “Intending pilgrims for the 2024 Hajj have been cautioned against travelling with illicit drugs, kolanuts and cigarettes into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“Pilgrims have been reminded that as a nation deeply rooted in religious and cultural heritage, Saudi Arabia holds strict laws against drug trafficking, the penalty for which is death.

NAHCON wishes to remind pilgrims that the purpose of the trip to Saudi Arabia is for worship. Therefore, they should not be distracted by acts that will violate the sanctity of their Hajj.

The Hajj period is a time for spiritual reflection and prayers that should be approached with respect for the laws and customs of the host country.”

The NAHCON executive chairman also warned intending pilgrims to beware of being used as conduit for any illicit trade without their knowledge.

He added that “pilgrims have also been advised to be extra vigilant over their bags at the airport to avoid implantation of prohibited items in their luggage unawares.”

Arabi also urged pilgrims to uphold their honour and dignity, as well as that of the country.

Any individual caught smuggling prohibited items not only brings shame upon themselves but also tarnishes the reputation of the nation,” he cautioned.


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