The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has confirmed that 274 Nigeria pilgrims lost their lives during the stampede that occurred in Saudi Arabia.
274 Nigerians confirmed dead, 44 Missing
At least 2,070 pilgrims lost their lives, during the Hajj stampede, on 24 September 2015.
The commission also confirmed that 44 Nigerians are yet to be accounted for.
This was revealed by the NAHCON commissioner for information, library research and statistics, Dr Saleh Okenwa, during a press conference, organised to give an update on the Hajj stampede.
Okenwa said “In cases where the corpses were mutilated, fingerprint analysis matching with entry data in the Saudi Immigration Service.“
He also said “In extreme cases where the bodies were mutilated beyond fingerprint analysis, direct relatives of the victims who also came for Hajj were required to provide blood samples in the hospital.”
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