Thursday, September 27, 2012

Saudi Arabia gets 24 hours ultimatum to release arrested Nigerian female pilgrims

The Saudi Arabian Ambassador, Mr Khaled Abdrabuh was yesterday summoned by Vice president Namadi Sambo and he gave an ultimatum of 24 hours for the release of the female pilgrims arrested by the Arabian government Over 750 Nigerian female pilgrims in Saudi Arabia adjudged by the authorities to be without male companion (Muharram) have been detained in Jeddah and Madinah. Sambo expressed the country’s displeasure over the treatment being meted out to Nigerian pilgrims performing this year’s pilgrimage in the holy land. He said reports available to him suggested that only Nigerian pilgrims were being subjected to such dehumanising treatment. He said that no reasonable and responsible government would sit and fold its arms while its citizens are manhandled. The VP, therefore, requested the Ambassador to do all within his powers to ensure that the issues were resolved within 24 hours, and the outcome communicated to him.

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