Hajj Stampede No Lagos pilgrim involved – Official

717 pilgrims from various countries, including 56 from Nigeria, lost their lives in the incident.

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The Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has said that no delegate from the state was involved in the deadly Hajj stampede which occurred on Thursday, September 24, 2015.

At least 717 people taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage have been killed in a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca play

At least 717 people taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage have been killed in a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca

(theeagleonline.com)

 

717 pilgrims from various countries, including 56 from Nigeria, lost their lives in the incident.

 According to the 2015 Amir-ul-Hajj for Lagos, Dr. Abdulhakeem Abdullateef, all Lagos pilgrims have been accounted for via a head count.

“It was said by Saudi Authorities that the Nigerians that were involved are from the northern part of the country. However Iran, Pakistan and other Arab countries have the major casualties,” he said.

According to him, Lagos pilgrims will return to Nigeria between October 1 and October 6.

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), which provided the casualty figure, said that 15 Nigerian states lost pilgrims to the tragedy.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered NAHCON to urgently account for all Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia due to the conflicting casualty reports being released.

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