By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The first batch of pilgrims from Kwara state has been airlifted to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj exercise.
The 460 pilgrims who were in high spirit boarded the MED View airline Boeing 747 aircraft which departed Ilorin International Airport at about 12.30 pm.
Addressing journalists in Ilorin, the state capital, on the exercise, the state Amirul Hajj, Professor Jamiu Sulyman, commended the state government for making adequate arrangements for the early airlift of the pilgrims from the state adding that there would be three flights from Ilorin zone for this year’s Hajj operations.
Also speaking with newsmen, the Managing Director of MED View Airline, Alh Muneer Bankole said that his airline would airlift pilgrims from Kwara, Ondo and Ekiti states with three categories of aircrafts.
Bankole added that the airline has put everything in place to ensure comfort of the pilgrims and assured that those that were first airlifted would be the first to be returned back home after the hajj operations.