The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) cautioned prospective Hajj pilgrims yesterday not to hide prohibited goods in their luggage before traveling for Saudi Arabia.
Aisha Hamisu, Assistant Commander for Narcotics, made the warning Wednesday while addressing potential pilgrims in Kano at the start of the state enlightenment exercise.
The senior narcotic officer directed the participants’ attention to prohibited things that should not be carried in their luggage to the Holy Land.
Hamisu clearly stated that pilgrims should refrain from trafficking kolanut, unprescribed drugs, and illegal substances, among other things, and warned that if such goods were discovered, they would be confiscated.
Meanwhile, Governor Abba Yusuf urged Kano contingents to be careful of newly implemented hajj norms and regulations during the orientation exercise.
Yusuf, who was represented by the Director General of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alh. Lami Danbappa, stated that the government has provided necessary facilities and arrangements for a hitchfree exercise.
Initially, the DG stated that the board had successfully registered 2,300 prospective pilgrims who had paid their final hajj fare out of the 5,934 seats allotted to Kano.
Danbappa emphasized in February 12, 2024 deadline for registration and final payment, stating that interested persons had less than 48 hours to meet it.
He stated that the enlightenment exercise, which would take place weekly across 12 centers in the state, would allow committed Islamic scholars to teach aspiring pilgrims on the spiritual trip.
“NAHCON has directed the state pilgrims’ welfare bodies to complete balance collection and payment of the entire package by Monday.
“I, therefore, urge all those that had paid their deposit and want to pay the balance, or even those that are willing to pay to quickly do so before the Monday deadline, otherwise you risk missing this year’s hajj,” he added on to say.
He stated that the board has finished all required arrangements for the 2024 hajj activities in Kano and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, assuring intending pilgrims that they will receive good value for money.
He charged them with stepping up efforts to ensure consistent attendance at the Hajj orientation exercise.