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Drug: 2 Nigerian pilgrims in trouble in Saudi Arabia

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The Secretary, Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Adeleke AbdulKareem, said in Ibadan on Monday that two of the 1,191 pilgrims from Oyo State who performed this year’s Hajj were detained by the Saudi Arabian authorities for a drug-related offence.

He revealed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the drug found with the pilgrims was Tramador, a contraband in Saudi Arabia, which the pilgrims had been warned about.

According to Abdulkareem, one of the two affected pilgrims who were females is on the run while the other is cooling her heels in detention.

Read also: Tragedies: Saudi Arabia orders hajj safety review

He also used the opportunity to warn pilgrims to strictly adhere to the travel rules of the Saudi authorities in order not to be arrested thereby tarnishing the image of Nigeria.

The secretary also informed that two other pilgrims from the state died due to ill health before Arafat Day.

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