No fewer than three pilgrims from Kwara state, Nigeria, have reportedly been arrested by the Saudi Arabian authorities for allegedly being in possession of substance suspected to be cocaine.
The three pilgrims, whose names have not been disclosed as at the time of filing this report were among the first batch of 505 Pilgrims from the state.
They were arrested in Madinnah by the Saudi security operatives on Tuesday.
According to the Executive Secretary, Kwara Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Hajia Fatima Abolore-Jimoh, who confirmed the arrest on Wednesday, the Saudi Arabian law would certainly take its course on the three suspected drug traffickers.
It was learnt that the penalty for drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia is death by beheading.
Describing the arrest as unfortunate and painful in spite of several appeals to them to be good ambassadors of Kwara and Nigeria, the executive secretary said they were still in the custody of the Saudi authority.