- 156 pilgrims travelled from Delta to Israel for pilgrimage in 2017, but 13 absconded
- The commissioner of the bureau for special duties in Delta, Ernest Ogwezzy, confirms this
- Ogwezzy says the state government has put in place stringent measures to check future occurrence
The commissioner of the bureau for special duties in Delta, Ernest Ogwezzy, has revealed that not less than 13 pilgrims out of the 156 who travelled from the state to Israel on pilgrimage in 2017 actually disappeared upon entering the country.
The Nation reports that Ogwezzy spoke in Asaba on Monday, May 14, saying that the pilgrims to the Holy Land, made up of 146 people and 10 officials, were sponsored by the state government.
The commissioner assured that the government has put in stringent measures to check future occurrence.
“The state government frowns at pilgrims absconding. We will not tolerate it. It is supposed to be for religious obligation.
“We have put stringent machinery in motion to ensure that pilgrims sponsored by the state government come back,” he said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported in 2014 how then President Goodluck Jonathan landed in Israel for a two-day pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
According to the special program designed for president’s stay, the former Nigerian leader observed the Sabbath Day at the Wailing Wall.
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After prayers in private Jonathan went to Mount Tabor and Mount Carmel.
The visits to other Christian holy sites are also a part of the program.
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