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“Deported from the Holy Land” – Pilgrims Narrate Their Ordeal in Saudi

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Some of the pilgrims who were deported from Saudi Arabia have arrived the country. The deportees, who arrived aboard a Max Air plane, which touched down at Aminu Kano International Airport at about 4:55pm, said they were turned back for not being accompanied by approved male relatives.

The female pilgrims, most of whom were in tears, numbered about 170. Of this, 111 were from Katsina State while 60 were from Taraba State. Most of them were seen in tears, looking weary and upset.

Some of them narrated their ordeals to reporters, saying that they were returned despite their wailings, screaming and pleas to the Saudi officials to allow them to carry out the annual religious ritual. According to one of them, Amina Jalingo, “We were held in Madina for two days without food. None of us could sleep because the environment was so cold. Most of us collapsed on the floor, sobbing and pleading after we were told that we would be deported. All our pleas fell on the officials’ deaf ears,” she recalled.

Meanwhile, the federal government of Nigeria had given the Saudi authorities a 24-hour ultimatum to resolve the issue of the detained female pilgrims. Perhaps the deportation of these pilgrims is the Saudis’ way of “resolving” the issue.

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  1. maina

    September 27, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    How difficult is it to understand when you are told a simple instruction that can lead to your deportation but you will still go ahead. If you cant afford to go there with a muharram (male relative) then wait till God make it possible for you.

  2. Mutana faruk

    September 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Pilgrimage is one of the pillars of Islam. Saudi should not make it unbearable situation to muslims.

  3. Idris

    September 28, 2012 at 5:30 am

    The offical thought they have bomb, and the r afriad they might not return to the god forsaking country called nigeria.

  4. mark

    September 28, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    IS IT NOT NOW CLEAR TO YOU THAT GOD IS A NIGERIAN? WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IN SOKOTO IS NOW IN SHOKOTO. YOU PEOPLE DID NOT KNOW THE NATION YOU HAVE CALLED NIGERIA. YOU DESPISED IT, LOOTED THE WEALTH AND YOU WANT TO RUN TO WHERE THEY DON’T WANT YOU. THE OWNER OF THIS WORLD HIS HOLINESS OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU IS A NIGERIAN, HE IS WATCHING. A BIRD THAT FLIES FOR UP WILL EVENTUALLY STEPS IT FEET ON THE GROUND. OLUMBA IS WATCHING!

  5. Oolon Colluphid

    September 30, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Mark is a genuine idiot. Anyone who believes in Olumba Olumba is an idiot.

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#EndSARS Protest: Sanwo-Olu Orders Closure Of Schools In Lagos

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#EndSARS Protest: Sanwo-Olu Orders Closure Of Schools In Lagos

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered the closure of public and private schools indefinitely in the state.

The closure of schools in Lagos was announced in a press statement on Monday by the state’s Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi.

Also Read: #EndSARS protesters break into Lagos International Airport (Videos)

The statement which was titled, ‘Lagos directs students to stay at home’, quoted Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, the Commissioner for Education, as saying that the schools were shut down over “tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.”

This is coming at a time #EndSARS protests against police brutality and bad governance by Nigerian youths grounded academic activities in some schools in the state on Monday.

“A new date of resumption for all classes will be announced as soon as possible.”

 

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NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

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NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

The National Examination Council, NECO, has announced the rescheduled of one of the practical examinations supposed to hold in October till the next month.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday, October 18, by the Head, Information and Public Relations Division for the Nigerian exam body, Mr. Azeez Sani.

He announced that the Paper I Computer Studies Practicals examination which was supposed to be taken on Monday, October 19 is now delayed till November 16, 2020.

Also Read: Buhari Appoints Professor Godswill Obioma As New NECO Registrar

Sani revealed that the postponement is a result of the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country, particularly the blockage of movement of transport at the entrance gate into Benin City, the Edo state capital.

He noted further that the truck conveying NECO examination materials had left its take-off point two days earlier to deliver to some states but has been held up in the ‘blockage.

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FG, ASUU Meeting Over IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock

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FG, ASUU Meeting Over IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock
FG, ASUU Talks On IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock

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The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday ended in a deadlock.

Although some agreements were reached at the meeting, the meeting is set to reconvene on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, by 3.00 pm after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting for ASUU to report back on the decision of its NEC.

In a bid to end the strike, the federal government agreed to release N30billion for payment of arrears of earned academic allowance to the university lecturers.

The communiqué issued at the end of the meeting revealed that the release of N20 billion funds for revitalisation of public universities will be payable by the end of January 2021.

On the issue of Earned Academic Allowances(EAA), which had accumulated to N40 billion since November 2019, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) made a commitment to release N30 billion on or before November 6, 2020.

Also Read: BREAKING: FG, ASUU Meet Today To Resolve Strike

He said the remaining N10 billion would be spread equally over the two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022, respectively.

The communiqué also revealed that ASUU agreed to take the offer to its members for consideration and revert by Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

The issue of the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) almost stalled the meeting as the federal government asked that IPPIS be allowed to operate in the interim until the test run on UTAS is concluded.

But ASUU insisted on payment of outstanding salaries on the old GIFMIS platform before full implementation of UTAS.

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