From Nasir Malali

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has directed the state pilgrims welfare Agency to refund deposits made by intending pilgrims in the state.

In a statement signed by the director general of the agency, Alh.Shehu Muhammad said the directive followed the cancellation of this years Hajj pilgrimage by the Saudi Arabian authorities.

The statement sought the understanding of the intending pilgrims that it is by Allah’s design that Nigeria among other Muslims nation would not be able to make the spiritual journey to the holy land.

It further says that the agency together with the National Hajj Commission would soon come up with modalities for the refund of the deposits.

It added that the intending pilgrims who wish to roll over their deposits with the agency for next years Hajj can do so.