Musa Na Allah Sokoto
Intending pilgrims from Isa local government area held hostage by bandits on their way to Sokoto state capital for their journey to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have been rescued by security operatives.
According to a statement by the state government, signed by the special adviser to the Governor on Media and publicity, Muhammad Bello, and made available to newsmen, the intending pilgrims were rescued safely without harm.
The intending pilgrims numbering about 21 were on their way to Sokoto, from Isa local government area of State for their outbound flight to the Saudi Kingdom for the 2022 pilgrimage when bandits strike and held them, hostage for hours.
In the statement, the State Commissioner for Information, Isah Bajini Galadanchi, stated that all the intending pilgrims and their relatives who were accompanying them to Sokoto Hajj camp and the security men escorting them were momentarily held up hostage by suspected bandits operating on the corridor linking the eastern part of the state.
“All the intending pilgrims however were said to have arrived safely in Sokoto after the rescue operation by the security operatives.
“Already, the contingent has been received by government officials and are on the process for their onward journey to the Holy Land,” explained Galadanchi.