Ghanaian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia have had their items including kola nuts and suspected bleaching creams seized by Saudi immigration authorities.
The Saudi government in its guidelines for the 2016 hajj banned the importation of kola nuts as well as pornographic materials into that country warning to deal with ruthlessly with perpetrators in strict accordance with the laws of Saudi Arabia.
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Ghanaian pilgrims were accordingly advised against any attempt to take along with them such materials but it appeared some of them were adamant.
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Meanwhile, the Tamale communications director of pilgrims affairs of Ghana, Mohammed Amin Lamptey reveals that despite strict warning against the act, Ghanaian pilgrims somehow managed to smuggle these items along.