39 Ghanaian female Hajj pilgrims repatriated from Saudi Arabia

39 Ghanaian female Hajj pilgrims repatriated from Saudi Arabia
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Abubakar Ibrahim | Email: abubakar.ibrahim@myjoyonline.com
Date: 29-08-2016 Time: 07:08:13:am

Some 39 Ghanaian female Hajj pilgrims have been repatriated from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Pilgrims Affairs Office of Ghana (PAOG) has confirmed.

Nine of them are said to be minors and 30 others were said to be inappropriately categorised as embarking on the pilgrimage without a guardian.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia requires of female pilgrims who are less than 40 years to embark on the pilgrimage with a male guardian preferably the father, brother or husband. 

The Communication Director of the Hajj Board, Mohammed Amin Lamptey tells Joy News the Saudi Ambassador to Ghana, Saeed Sinare is working with the Chairman of PAOG, Abdul Rauf Tanko Ibrahim and Immigration Officers to help rectify the situation as soon as possible. 

He said they are finding ways to forestall this development so those who are yet to be flown are not affected. 

Mr Lamptey said the Board is working hard to rectify the situation and also the Board will meet to take a decision on how to handle the affected pilgrims should they fail to make it this year.