Intending Pilgrims from Niger State have been called upon to be prayerful, discipline and law abiding while in the Holy Land of Saudi Arabia.

The call was made by the Acting Governor of the State, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso at the Minna International Airport, today when he paid a farewell visit to the state intending pilgrims shortly before they took off to Madina in Saudi Arabia.

Alhaji Ketso who said he was there on behalf of the Governor of the State, Alh. (Dr) Abubakar Sani Bello, enjoined the intending pilgrims of the state to desist from acts of disobeying Saudi laws and engaging in carrying any contraband into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in order to have a hitch free and an acceptable Hajj.

He also warned the Pilgrims not to give out their Basic Travelling Allowance (BTA) to anyone except the trusted Area Pilgrims Welfare Officers (APWOs) so as not to fall into the hands of fraudsters.

The Acting Governor urged pilgrims to pray for Nigeria and the state, especially on the security challenges faced everywhere.

The inaugural flight took off at the early hours of today with 560 passengers from Mariga, Mashegu, Rijau, Edati and Munya local government areas of the state including 10 officials from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).