Don’t smuggle prohibited items into Saudi Arabia, NAHCON warns pilgrims 

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has cautioned pilgrims to refrain from travelling with illicit drugs, kola nuts, cigarettes etc. into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

A statement by the commission’s Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Hajiya Fatima Sanda Usara, said the pilgrims are reminded that as a nation deeply rooted in religious and cultural heritage, Saudi Arabia holds strict laws against drug trafficking, penalty for which is death.

The statement further said: “NAHCON wishes to remind the pilgrims that the purpose of their trip to Saudi Arabia is for worship, therefore they should not be distracted by acts that would violate sanctity of their hajj. Hajj period is a time for spiritual reflection and prayers that should be approached with reverence and respect for the laws and customs of the host country.

“On the other hand, commission’s management warns intending pilgrims to beware of being used as conduit for any illicit trade without their knowledge. Therefore, they are advised to be extra vigilant over their bags at the airports to avoid implantation of prohibited items to their luggage unawares.

“Pilgrims are urged to uphold their honour and dignity and that of the country, as any individual caught smuggling prohibited items not only brings shame upon themselves but also tarnishes the reputation of their nation.”