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FLASH: Lagos Suspends Airlifting Of Christian Prigrims To Isreal Over Gaza Crisis

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The Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board (LSCPWB) has suspended airlifting of the second batch of intending pilgrims to Israel due to the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, a Palestinian resistance group.

This is contained in a statement on Monday by the Secretary of the board, Mrs. Florence Gbafe.

Gbafe said the decision was as a result of keen observation of security situations in Israel.

Over 1,000 people have been killed on both sides after Hamas’ Saturday attack and a reprisal by the Israeli forces.

Recall that another batch of pilgrims were scheduled to be airlifted to Israel on Tuesday, October 10.

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According to her, the LSCPWB and the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) will announce a new date for the airlifting of the second batch of the intending pilgrims in due course.

She said the board regreted any inconvenience the suspension might cause, adding that the intending pilgrims would be duly informed of developments about their journey to the Holy Land.

Gbafe stated, “To all on the second batch of pilgrimage to Israel, kindly note that the pilgrimage is now on hold due to the war situation in Israel. Further information will be communicated as and when due please.”

The Secretary maintained that the Lagos State Government and the federal government would continue to prioritize the safety of all pilgrims to the holy land and will not expose Nigerians to any situation that will put their security at risk.

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She thanked God for the safety of the first batch of pilgrims from Lagos State who had already concluded their pilgrimage activities on Sunday, revealing that the pilgrims were expected to arrive in Nigeria later today (Monday).


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