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2018 HAJJ: FCTA begins biometric exercise for pilgrims

The Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, through its Muslim Welfare Pilgrims Board, has disclosed that it has started the biometric registration exercise for the 2018 pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from the Territory.

In a statement signed by the spokesman of the Board, Mr Muhammad Lawal Aliyu stated that the registration is being carried out by a firm assigned by the Saudi Arabian government for the exercise in Abuja before issuance of visa.

Mr Lawal stated that Intending Pilgrims from Bwari and Abuja Municipal Area Councils (AMAC) would be captured on Thursday 13th July, 2018 at the Rivers house, Abuja.

He added that intending pilgrims from Kuje and Gwagwalada Area councils would have their biometric capture exercise on Friday 14th July, 2018.

The Spokesman then advised Intending Pilgrims from Kwali and Abaji area councils to be present for the exercise on Monday 16th July, 2018 at the venue, while those from the headquaters would get their biometric captured on Tuesday 17th July, 2018.

He stressed that the exercise is a mandatory aspect of visa processing application for this year's hajj adding that failure to participate in the exercise would disqualify the intending pilgrim from performing the hajj in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Source: Voice of Nigeria