Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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    Coronavirus: No decision yet on this year’s hajj, says Saudi ambassador

Coronavirus: No decision yet on this year’s hajj, says Saudi ambassador

The Saudi Arabian government says it has not decided whether the 2020 hajj will hold or not. Abdullah Ahmad Al Abdan, Saudi ambassador to Senegal, disclosed this during a press conference. There are concerns that the continued spread of coronavirus may cause the country to suspend the pilgrimage for the year, a move that has been described as unprecedented. The hajj rites for [...]

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    Buhari breaks with tradition, names southerner as hajj commission chairman

Buhari breaks with tradition, names southerner as hajj commission chairman

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Zikrullah Olakunle Hassan as the chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). If confirmed by the senate as expected, Hassan, from Osun state, will be the first southerner to head the commission since it was set up 13 years ago by former president Olusegun Obasanjo. The position had been thought to be permanently zoned to the north. The first [...]

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    When an umpire becomes a vested party

When an umpire becomes a vested party

BY JOHN IBEKWE Let’s play a game. Take a statement issued by Amnesty International, or a story credited to the NGO, strip it of the organization's name and read the story again. The outcome is that one would be left with a head scratching situation. The resulting story from this exercise would give one the impression that the statement or story [...]

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    Drama as FAAN official ‘steals $600’ from pilgrim

Drama as FAAN official ‘steals $600’ from pilgrim

Ramatu Luka, an official of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has been arrested for allegedly stealing $600 belonging to a pilgrim at the Yola airport. Suleiman Yahaya, spokesman of Adamawa police command, disclosed this to journalists on Thursday in Yola, the state capital. According to him, Hafsat Mohammed, the pilgrim, was said to have raised the alarm when she [...]

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    Senate committee accuses Hajj commission of extorting pilgrims

Senate committee accuses Hajj commission of extorting pilgrims

An ad hoc committee of the senate has alleged that the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) extorts Muslims who go on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. Presenting a report during plenary on Thursday, Adamu Aliero, chairman of the committee, accused NAHCON of "over bloated" charges. Aliero said his committee discovered that the commission's procurement processes were in not in line with the public procurement act. He [...]

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    REPORTER’S DIARY: Becoming ‘hajiya’ in 28 shots

REPORTER’S DIARY: Becoming ‘hajiya’ in 28 shots

I had not given much thought to the possibility of going on hajj, at least not till the next half a decade. However, my journey to becoming "hajiya" began with an unexpected question; “By the way, have you gone on hajj before?” First, it was exhilaration, then it was fear, fear birthed by doubt and many other inexplicable feelings that ensued. [...]

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    Bala, ex-minister’s son, facing N1.2bn fraud charge granted permission to travel for hajj

Bala, ex-minister’s son, facing N1.2bn fraud charge granted permission to travel for hajj

A federal high court in Abuja on Wednesday granted Shamsudeen Bala, former FCT minister’s son, permission to travel for hajj. Permission for travel is usually granted to defendants who are in urgent need of medical treatment abroad. At the resumed hearing on Wednesday, Kanayo Okafor, counsel to Bala, asked the court to release the international passport of the defendant to enable him [...]

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    NAHCON: Nigeria lost 18 pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

NAHCON: Nigeria lost 18 pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

The National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) has revealed that 18 Nigerians lost their lives during this year's hajj. Of the 18, two were from Kano. Nuhu Badamasi, public relations officer of the Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board, disclosed this in a telephone interview with NAN. Badamasi said the two male victims from Kano died after brief illness in Mina and Mecca respectively. He said one [...]

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    Yobe govt suspends 2016 hajj team

Yobe govt suspends 2016 hajj team

Ibrahim Al-Arab, chairman, Yobe Muslim Pilgrims Commission, says the state government has suspended the traditional "Amirul Hajj" team for this year's pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. He disclosed on Friday while answering questions from journalists in Damaturu, the state capital. According to him, the development is due to paucity of funds and the need to save costs. Al-Arab said that 1,800 intending pilgrims had [...]

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    CBN didn’t subsidise forex for hajj pilgrims, Emefiele insists

CBN didn’t subsidise forex for hajj pilgrims, Emefiele insists

Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), says neither the bank nor the federal government subsidised foreign exchange for 2016 hajj pilgrims. Earlier, the CBN released a circular showing that 65,167 pilgrims were getting forex at N197 to a dollar, which is against the current foreign exchange policy. The presidency had denied the subsidy, saying there was no discrimination [...]

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    CBN mandates banks to sell dollars at N197 to 65,167 pilgrims

CBN mandates banks to sell dollars at N197 to 65,167 pilgrims

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has mandate Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) to sell dollars to 65,167 Nigerians at the rate of N197 to the greenback. This is coming at a time, when the dollar officially trades N310 and N400 at the parallel and interbank market respectively. In its circular, TED/FEMFPC/GEN/01/005, on 2016 hajj operations, the CBN says the federal government is [...]

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    NAHCON to refund N1.7b to 2015 hajj pilgrims

NAHCON to refund N1.7b to 2015 hajj pilgrims

Abdullahi Mukhtar, executive chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has revealed that the commission would refund N1.7 billion to some of the pilgrims of the 2015 hajj. He made the disclosure on Wednesday while inaugurating the 2016 hajj carriers screening committee in Abuja. Mukhtar explained that the money was for services not rendered to the pilgrims in terms of [...]

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    99 Nigerians confirmed killed in hajj stampede

99 Nigerians confirmed killed in hajj stampede

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Thursday said 355 Nigerians were involved in the stampede at Saudi Arabia and that 99 of them have been confirmed dead. Saleh Okenwa, NAHCON's commissioner of information, research and library service, disclosed this to journalists in Mecca. Okenwa also said that 214 pilgrims were still missing, adding that investigation was ongoing to ascertain their [...]

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    SURVIVOR: How Saudi medics ignored black victims of hajj stampede to save the whites

SURVIVOR: How Saudi medics ignored black victims of hajj stampede to save the whites

One of the fortunate survivors of last week's high-casualty hajj stampede has revealed that paramedics who came to rescue survivors were racially favoured “to whites over blacks”. An indigene of Osun state Nigeria, but based in Warri, Delta state, the survivor who spoke to TheCable, said he was stuck in the midst of dead bodies for more than two hours, but there was no [...]

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    EYEWITNESS: How 717 died in hajj stampede

EYEWITNESS: How 717 died in hajj stampede

As at last count, 717 people from across the world were killed and 863 injured at Mina, Saudi Arabia, as numerous Muslims observed the necessary rites for the age-long hajj outside the holy city of Mecca on Thursday. As TheCable reported earlier, a renowned Muslim scholar, Tijjani El Miskin, and Bilkisu Yusuf, the most prominent female journalist of northern origin, were among [...]

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    Nigerians among 717 dead in hajj stampede

Nigerians among 717 dead in hajj stampede

A yet-to-be-confirmed number of Nigerians were among those who died on Thursday in a stampede at the annual pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, TheCable understands. A clearer picture is expected to emerge when the Saudi authorities make an official pronouncement later in the day, with 717 pilgrims reported to have died, although there are various estimates. The country's civil defence said about 805 people also sustained injuries. It was not immediately [...]

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KANO375477498
PH380478498
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