Stella Dimoko Dabiri-Erewa Warns Hajj Pilgrims Not To Take Drugs,Kolanuts To Saudi Arabia


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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Dabiri-Erewa Warns Hajj Pilgrims Not To Take Drugs,Kolanuts To Saudi Arabia

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora has reiterated her warnings to intending Muslim pilgrims yet to depart for 2016 Hajj exercise to resist any temptation to take hard drugs to Saudi Arabia reminding, them that it attracts death penalty.

      In a statement by her Special Assistant on Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the SSA said that despite repeated warnings and workshops for intending pilgrims, it is disheartening that some Nigerians still ran foul of Saudi Arabia authorities’ law.

    She recalled that some Nigerians caught with hard drugs in the last few years are still currently on death row in Saudi Arabia, pleading with pilgrims to shun the shameful act.

   Dabiri-Erewa also reminded the pilgrims that kola nuts and prescription painkillers in large quantities have been banned in Saudi Arabia, and if found, attracts severe penalties according to new Saudi Arabia regulations.

       She said the Federal government through the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) and various state boards have made adequate arrangements to attend to the medical needs of the pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.

     Similarly, she said the Saudi authorities have free medical centres in all the nooks and crannies of the Kingdom equipped with all drugs for their medical needs.

   She urged the security agencies and other para-military stationed at the various departure centres in Nigeria to screen the pilgrims before their departure to Saudi Arabia.

  Dabiri-Erewa advised Nigerian pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the country by portraying Nigeria in good image and pray for peace, unity and progress of the country in the Holy land.

  Since the beginning of transportation of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in Aug. 15, more than five Nigerians have been arrested for alleged possession of substance suspected to be hard drugs as well as kola nuts.

.  It will be recalled that the Saudi Arabian authorities have asked Nigerian pilgrims not to bring kola nuts during the 2016 Hajj.
   “All those who intend to perform Hajj are therefore advised to adhere strictly to the Saudi rules and regulations on prohibited items,” NAHCON said in a statement.
      The Nigerian Hajj commission also urged Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Boards (MPWB) and licensed tour operators to properly educate pilgrims to avoid penal actions on those found in violation of the instruction on smuggling kola nut. Violators will be punished in accordance with the laws of the Kingdom.
 This caffeine-based edible seed, the kola nut, is usually known as “Goro” and “oji” and often used ceremonially by Nigerians to show a gesture of friendship and warmth; it is also used in the production of beverage and energy drinks.
  More than 70,000 Nigerian pilgrims are expected to perform 2016 Hajj.


  1. A word is enough for the wise
    The Saudi's Know nothing like pity
    Once you're caught, just whisper your last prayers

    1. Yes oo...some will still not listen. When they catch them nw they'll start calling on the Government to intercede.

  2. They no go hear! Na there head go go.

  3. They've caught 3people already.
    And it's beheading straight.

  4. What has kolanut got to do with drugs. Anyway na abokis eat kolanuts too much. Hope you guys have heard.

    Don't bring shame to our beloved country

  5. 70,000? and they said Nigeria is broke. Where they get forex for these guys?

  6. They should open their ears wide to listen.

  7. If dem like make dem carry codeine join and kwaya ,that not my business ,my business right now is i will be in niger next month and i want steady light i no wan hear generator noise anywhere ,me know say after ten days in nigeria i dey get partial madness ,what to do lasgidi here i come

    1. Booty welcome in advance. Bring something for me oo. Nigerians dem no go gree hear.

    2. Booty, there is no light in power state oh. Generator noise na hin sure pass.

  8. D people DAT have ear let them hear if not they should go with a trailer load of .............

  9. Kolanut! Kwah na waooo all dem harddrug. He who has ear let him hear.


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