The Lagos State Pilgrims Welfare Board has finalised the return arrangements for the 1,869 pilgrims who participated in this year’s Holy Pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Hon. Olanrewaju Ibrahim Layode, the Amir-ul-Hajj and Commissioner for Home Affairs, announced this during a meeting with the pilgrims in Makkah.

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Layode stated that 188 pilgrims, including elders, those with health issues, and ‘Lagos International Pilgrims’ from the USA and Europe, would depart on Sunday, June 23, on the same flight as the Kebbi State pilgrims.

He also mentioned that the main group of Lagos State pilgrims would begin their return journey on Monday, June 24, with the second batch, following a “first-in, first-out” order.

The Amir-ul-Hajj emphasized that there would be no preferential treatment for any pilgrims unless necessary, ensuring that the current system would remain in place until the last batch of pilgrims is airlifted back home.