More than 8,000 intending pilgrims will be airlifted from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA), Ikeja to Saudi Arabia for the 2012 Hajj.
A source at the Hajj Camp at MMIA told newsmen that the intending pilgrims were from Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Edo and Osun States, as well as from the Armed Forces.
The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, noted that the transportation of the intending pilgrims would begin today.
The source said Med View and Marx airlines would transport the intending pilgrims. He said the relevant authorities had made available a Rapscan screening machine for examination of the intending pilgrims.
He said the authority has also commenced renovation of the Hajj Camp.
Meanwhile, both registered and unregistered cargo operators and freight forwarders operating at the camp were on Monday barred from entering the premises.
It was gathered that they parked their vehicles in front of the camp’s main entrance and gathered at the gate. This resulted in traffic gridlock in the early hours of the day.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) last week allocated a space at the Limousine Park on the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway to them for their operations. Mr Victor Arisa, the FAAN Deputy-General Manager (Public Affairs), had said that FAAN authorities and representatives of the cargo operators agreed on the relocation.
An employee of FAAN, who did not want his name to be mentioned, told newsmen that sanity had returned to the camp with the ejection of the cargo operators and freight forwarders. Mr Davies Ben, the Secretary-General of the Association of Nigerian Customs Licensed Agents, could not speak with newsmen on the relocation as he claimed he was in a meeting.