- Title: NIGERIA: AIRLIFT OF NIGERIAN PILGRIMS TO SAUDI ARABIA.
- Date: 11th November 1975
- Summary: 1. GV Kano Airport building 0.5 2. SV Pilgrims checking bags 0.13 3. Pilgrims being vaccinated against cholera 0.24 4. Pilgrims taking tablets and drinking water 0.32 5. SV Pilgrims receiving boarding passes 0.42 6. SV Boarding passes collected as pilgrims board plane (4 shots) 1.02 Shots of signboard reading "KANO AIRPORT" Shot of pilgrims drinking water after taken the required dose Shots of pilgrims been vaccinated against cholera Cut-away shots of medical officials Cut-in shots of a sign reading "NIGERIA AIRWAYS" Shots of an official collecting boarding passes Various shots of pilgrims boarding the aircraft. General view shots of airport building Various shots of pilgrims with their baggage coming to the airport Shots of the camp Cut-in shots of a sign reading "PILGRIM CAMP" Various shots of pilgrims boarding the aircraft Cut-away shots of policemen watching Other scenic shots of pilgrims with their luggage official and airport. Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 26th November 1975 12:00
- Location: KANO, NIGERIA
- Country: Nigeria
- Reuters ID: LVA808S8UG699Q94N696JG6915I8
- Story Text: Several hundred Moslem pilgrims left kano Airport in Nigeria on Friday (7 November) to fly to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj the holy pilgrimage to Mecca.They were the latest group in a total of about 87,000 Nigerians who are expected to make this year's pilgrimage.
A fleet of 12 aircraft have been operating a shuttle service between kano and Saudi Arabia to ferry the pilgrims who come from all parts of Nigeria. The biggest group come from kano State with over 45.000.
There has been a substantial increase in the number making the pilgrimage to the Moslem holy places from Nigeria. Last year 50,000 people made the journey.
The massive airlift began on Thursday (6 November), using modern jets based at kano and Lagos airports and landing at Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.
Strict health controls have been enforced by Nigerian government officials, and the Saudi Arabian Health Ministry has insisted that the pilgrim spend at least five days in a cholera free Zone and take a dose of antibiotic capsules.The new requirements are to ensure the least possible risk against infection.
Nigerian officials have also delivered stern warnings to the pilgrims against drug smuggling. Anyone caught will be severely dealt with.
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