Reps Condemns Detention Of 400 Female Pilgrims In Saudi Arabia

Reps The House of Representatives on Tuesday decried the continued detention of 400 Nigerian female pilgrims by Saudi authorities in Jeddah.

The house at its sitting on Tuesday mandated its Committee on Foreign Affairs to meet with the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and report to the House on the situation on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that on Sept. 23, the pilgrims were denied entry and detained at Jeddah airport for failure to come along with their spouses or close relations.

The resolution of the house emanated from a motion moved by Rep. Abdulrahman Kawu (ANPP-Kano ), the Deputy Minority Leader, which was unanimously adopted.

Leading the debate, Kawu expressed surprise that the affected pilgrims had obtained valid visas from the Saudi Embassy in Nigeria without such condition made known to them.

He said that the action of the Saudi authourity negated the long standing understanding between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia on Hajj.

Rep. Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje (PDP-Abia), the Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs said the action was first of its kind, adding that the ministry of foreign affairs was looking into the matter.

In his contribution, Rep. Ado Doguwa (PDP-Kano) said that three of his sisters were among those detained, adding that he was not comfortable with the assertion of the government that it was “on top of the situation”.

He said that the last call he made to one of the sisters revealed their pathetic condition, as according to him, she was sick and could not access any form of medication.

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