SAUDI – The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON has announced on Sunday that, it has recovered the lost $700 dollars Basic Traveling Allowance (BTA) belonging to Hassana Aliyu of Kano State.
The pilgrim, Hassan, was among the eight Nigerians who lost their traveling allowances in their hotel camps at Al-Andalus Al-Masi Hotel in the heart of Madinah, Saudi Arabia.
She had reported losing 700 dollars BTA which was found by a hotel worker who promptly handed it over to the management.
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No sooner had the cash been found than the management alerted NAHCON officials.
Head of Civic Enlightenment of NAHCON, Umar Bala, while handing over the cash to Mrs Aliyu, cautioned pilgrims against careless handling of their money and valuables.
Responding, Mrs Aliyu commended the hotel management, staff and NAHCON officials for their honesty in dealing with visitors.
NAN reports that a pilgrim from Nasarawa State, Nuhu Musa, had similarly recovered his lost 600 dollars from the same hotel.
Meanwhile, NAHCON says it has transported 26,697 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia, with the arrival of additional 177 pilgrims from Oyo and Ogun states on Sunday.
The pilgrims came in 65 flights operated by accredited airliners comprising Max Air, Flynass and Medview.
The Oyo state pilgrims comprised 99 males and 72 females.