No fewer than 9,347 out of the 26,000 pilgrims have been moved from from Madinah to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) said the 26,000 pilgrims were earlier transported to Madinah.
The Deputy Coordinator in Charge of Madina Operations of NAHCON, Malam Ahmad Maigari, said on Friday in a statement that the pilgrims were taken to Medinah first to observe the tradition of spending at least eight days observing obligatory prayers in the Prophets Holy Mosque in Madinah and visiting some Islamic holy sites.
“So far, both the transportation of intending pilgrims from Nigeria to Madinah and their movement to Mecca from Madinah is going on smoothly without any hitch.
“We would have over 10,000 pilgrims in Mecca by the end of this weekend and all of them have settled in their various accommodations,” he said.
According to him, over 26,950 pilgrims have been transported to Madinah and Jeddah in 26 flights since the inauguration of the 2017 Hajj exercise through the approved Max Air, Fly Nas and Medview Airlines.
He added that more flights are expected into both Jeddah and Madinah Airports.
The Head of Media Team for 2017 Hajj, Malam Adamu Abdullahi, said NAHCON officials are enjoying mutual relations with pilgrims which had ensured smooth operations so far.
Abdullahi, however, called on pilgrims to notify Hajj official of any concern and challenge for adequate and immediate response. (NAN).