Two Nigerian female pilgrims were arrested in Saudi Arabia for drug related offences.
Saudi Arabian authorities have reportedly detained two Nigerian female pilgrims from Oyo state who performed this year’s Hajj.
Alhaji Adeleke AbdulKareem, the secretary of Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board, confirmed the arrest in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Monday, October 19.
It was revealed that the two Nigerian female pilgrims were apprehended for a drug-related offence and added that one of them escaped, while the other was still in detention.
According to the secretary, the drug found with the pilgrims was Tramador, a contraband in Saudi Arabia. He also said that two other pilgrims from Oyo state died due to ill health before Arafat Day.
Abdulkareem called on pilgrims to follow the rules and regulation of the Saudi authorities to avoid being arrested or tarnishing the country’s image.
Even with numerous warnings, Nigerian pilgrims often get involved into criminal activities including prostitution, drug smuggling and money laundering.
The Saudi Arabian authorities had earlier written a strong-worded letter to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, warning warned the federal government that anyone caught with hard drugs in the Holy Land would face summary execution.