3 Nigerian Pilgrims Arrested In Saudi Arabia

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Three Nigerian pilgrims have been arrested by the Saudi Arabian authorities for alleged possession of substance suspected be cocaine.

The arrested pilgrims are part of the Kwara state delegates to the 2016 Hajj.

The identities of the arrested persons is yet to be released.

Confirming the development, the Executive Secretary of the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Hajia Fatima Abolore-Jimoh, speaking from Saudi Arabia said the arrested pilgrims were part of the first batch of 505 pilgrims from Kwara state.

The three who were arrested in Medinah are currently in custody of the Saudi Arabian authorities.

Further on the case, Abolore-Jimoh said the arrested persons will be tried according to the laws of the land.

She expressed regrets at the development which happened despite the warnings and appeals issued by the ambassadors of Kwara and Nigeria.

The penalty for drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia is death by beheading.

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