September 24, 2022


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262 Muslim pilgrims return to Oyo

No fewer than 262 members of the first batch of Oyo State Muslim pilgrims that took part in the 2022 holy pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia have returned.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Wasiu Olatubosun, on Wednesday

The statement read, “The pilgrims arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

“Some of the pilgrims thanked Almighty Allah for His mercy throughout the spiritual exercise

“The first batch of Oyo pilgrims, left their hotels for the airport at Saudi time ( Nigerian time) on Tuesday.

“The aircraft conveying the pilgrims back to Nigeria took off at 2 am Nigerian time

“Recall that the first batch of the pilgrims from the state left Ibadan on Saturday 21st of May 2022 and was airlifted to holy lands about twenty hours later.

“On the flight were some government functionaries including, the Head of service, Alhaja Ololade Agboola, the
Executive Secretary Primary Healthcare Board, Dr Muhideen Olatunji, among others.

“The remaining batches of Oyo State Pilgrims are expected to return to the country later.”

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