Reports from Saudi Arabia has it that the Saudis has detained any female pilgrim who failed to provide her muharram – the approved male companion accompanying her on the trip, usually a husband, father or brother.
Authorities further threatened to deport the pilgrims to Nigeria.
The pilgrims arrived Jeddah in two separate Max Air flights Sunday afternoon. One of the planes, conveyed pilgrims from Jigawa State while the second conveyed pilgrims from Sokoto State.
Almost 400 women were only allowed to be supplied with water and food by the Saudis after strenuous efforts by the Nigerian Consul in Jeddah and a Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad, who is the Amirul Hajj, has condemned the action of the Saudi authorities, describing it as “an insult to Nigeria and to this country’s millions of Muslims”.
”The Sultan added, “They never raised this issue and never demanded that the female pilgrims must have a muharram.”