The Saudi Police have arrested 25 Nigerians for pickpocketing and other petty crimes according to the Makkah police spokesman, Lt. Col. Abdul Al-Maiman.
The thieves, all with prior criminal records, Al-Maiman said, robbed pilgrims inside the Grand Mosque and broke into several shops and houses in Makkah.
Speaking to the Saudi Gazette Newspaper, the police spokesman disclosed that several members of the gang were nabbed red-handed and led the police to other members who were hiding in an old building on Al-Mansour Street.
Seized from the arrested people were 80 cell phones and over SR50,000 in currency.
It is estimated that about 1.38 million pilgrims from 118 countries are in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s Hajj.
Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee, Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, who announced this in a cable sent to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah, said the arrival of the pilgrims has been smooth and trouble-free.