Three Nigerian Muslim pilgrims caught with cocaine in S/Arabia

downloadSaudi Arabian authorities have arrested three Nigerian pilgrims in Madinnah for trafficking in illegal substance suspected to be cocaine.

The pilgrims whose identities were yet to be disclosed were among the first batch of 505 pilgrims airlifted from the state.

The Executive Secretary, Kwara Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Hajia Fatima Abolore-Jimoh had confirmed the arrest on Wednesday.

She said it was unfortunate but that the Saudi Arabian law would certainly take its course on the three suspected drug traffickers.

It was learnt that the penalty for drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia is death by beheading.

Describing the arrest as unfortunate and painful in spite of several appeals to them to be good ambassadors of Kwara and Nigeria, the executive secretary said they were still in the custody of the Saudi authority.

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