Sep 28, 2012

Saudi Releases Detained Nigerian pilgrims

An official says 509 Muslim female pilgrims are returning to Nigeria from Saudi Arabia after being stopped from proceeding with their pilgrimage. Uba Mana, a spokesman for the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, said Thursday that Saudi immigration officials at King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah refused the women entry, saying they were not travelling with a husband or male relative. Mana said some did travel with their husbands and that a lone male passenger was on the returning flight after refusing to be separated from his wife. He said Nigerian pilgrimage officials have typically stood in fora male relative or husband, but that the sudden rule change means hundreds more women are likely to return....LAGOS, Nigeria (AP)

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