About 102 intending pilgrims from sokoto state? were deported from kingdom of Saudi yesterday. The Chairman of the Sokoto State Pilgrims Welfare Agency, (SSPWA) disclosed this in an interview with LEADERSHIP in Sokoto.

It will be recalled that over 1,000 Nigerian pilgrims were detained by Saudi authority due to a controversy over Muharram.

Some of the contingent were yesterday received by the officials of the state Pilgrims Board, led by Chairman, Alhaji Muktari Maigona as well as members of the hajj committee 2012 in the state.

However, the Chairman who is presently the PDP Treasurer in the state, said that high power delegation from the federal government? were sent to saudi to sort out the issue through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Maigona said that they are working hand-in-hand with various offices of hajj operation, particularly the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), in order to resolve the issue.