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NAHCON explains the reason for hike in Hajj fare

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Monday has blamed the hike in Hajj fare to the current economic depression and devaluation of Naira against major currencies.

Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf, the NAHCON Commissioner for Policy, Personnel Management and Finance, made the assertion in Ilorin, at a day sensitisation for stakeholders.

Yusuf said that intending pilgrims would have paid about N700,000 if the value of Naira had not fallen at the international market.

He said that there was a remarkable reduction in the transport, accommodation and feeding in Saudi Arabia when compared with 2016 Hajj.

The NAHCON commissioner said that the economic situation in the country was responsible for the hike in Hajj fare.

“The commission has tried its best to reduce the fare, but we have no control over the dollar rate at the forex market,” Yusuf said.

According to him, the 2017 Hajj fare would have gone above N2 million,
but for the efforts of the commission in negotiating for lower rates directly for accommodation in Makkah and Madinah.

In his remarks, Alhaji Mohammed Tunde-Jimoh, the Executive Secretary, Kwara Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, said that the board had put in place the necessary arrangements for the comfort of all intending pilgrims.

He advised intending pilgrims from the state not to carry Kolanut and other prohibited items to the Holy Land.

Each of the intending pilgrims from Kwara paid about N1.5 million as Hajj fare for 2017.

Source: ( PM News )

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Nigerian Youth Have Right To Protest, Says President Buhari

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Moment President Buhari laughed while Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State presented the demands of #EndSARS protesters to him
Nigerian Youth Have Right To Protest, Says President Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday stated that youths should be allowed to exercise their fundamental rights in the #EndSARS protest.

Nigerian youths have taken to the streets to call for an end to widespread police brutality.

Despite the protest, security agents have clamped down on protesters in Oyo, Abuja, Lagos and other parts of the country.

Also Read: #EndSARS: ‘You Deserve This Government If You Disturb Peaceful Protesters’ – Actress Uche Jumbo

Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with Buhari on Monday, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare quoted Buhari as saying that it was the right of the youths to protest and make certain demands from their leaders.

According to the minister, the president asked the protesters to give his administration time to address their demands as the team set up has already gone to work.

 

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#EndSARS Protest: Edo Govt Sets-Up Judicial Panel

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#EndSARS Protest: Edo Govt Sets-Up Judicial Panel
#EndSARS Protest: Edo Govt Sets-Up Judicial Panel

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In a bid to quell the ongoing #EndSARS protest, the Edo State Government has set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate cases of police brutality in Edo State.

Secretary to the state government, Osarodion Ogie made this announcement in a statement on Monday

He said the panel is set up, “in response to the yearnings of Nigerian youths, as articulated in the demands of the #EndSars protesters.”

Read Also: BREAKING: Edo Government Declares 24-Hour Curfew

The members of the panel are to receive complaints and petitions from the general public, particularly victims or relatives of victims of police brutality and extra-judicial killings, and to recommend measures, including compensation and restitution, investigation, and prosecution, as the circumstances warrant.

This step is coming at a time when the State Government declared a 24-hours curfew on the state following a jailbreak by hoodlums on Monday.

 

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Hoodlums attack Rapid Response Squad officers in Lagos (Video)

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Hoodlums attack Rapid Response Squad officers in Lagos

Thugs have forced men of the Rapid Response Squad, Lagos state police command to flee for their dear lives after attacking their van.

The incident happened along Herbert Macaulay way in Yaba on Monday morning October 19.

The thugs threw stones and other dangerous weapons at the officers who immediately jumped down from the van and started running for their lives.

The state police command is yet to react to the incident.

RRS officers run for their lives after thugs attacked their van in Lagos (videos)RRS officers run for their lives after thugs attacked their van in Lagos (videos)

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