Female Oyo pilgrim flee after 2019 Hajj
The Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board says Ms Anifat Saheed, a female pilgrim, fled in Jeddah during Saudi Arabia’s 2019 Hajj service.
Professor Sayed Malik, chairman of Muslim wing of the board, revealed this to the Governor Seyi Makinde on Thursday in Ibadan, delivering the 2019 Hajj report.
As indicated by Malik, Anifat’s absence was discovered when the board was setting up the last cluster of pilgrims for their voyage to King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, on September 1 and all endeavors to find her rendered failed.
He said the lady was one of the 914 pilgrims that partook in the 2019 Hajj from the state.
He clarified that the board attempted to find the location of her guarantor in Sango, Ibadan, Oyo State, without progress.
“Up till this moment, neither her guarantor nor any of her relations has come to ask questions about her,” he added.
The board chairman further uncovered that a total of N24,628, 900.09, was refunded to the pilgrims before their takeoff to Saudi Arabia because of decrease in the Hajj fare.
He called for renewal of the lease of the Oyo House in Makkah, with impact from January 2020.
Malik encouraged Makinde to ponder the suggestions as contained in the report and follow up on them in order to have hitch-free activities in subsequent pilgrimages.
In his remark, despite the fact that the process began before his administration, the governor commended the chairman and other board members for a successful Hajj operation.
He assured the board that the recommendations for smooth Hajj operation in 2020 would be studied and acted upon.