Hajj Stampede: Nigeria’s death toll rises to 145

Mideast Saudi Hajj Stampede

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, on Sunday confirmed that 145 Nigerians were killed in the September 24 stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia.

Although Saudi authorities confirmed more than 769 pilgrims from across the world dead, the death toll is believed to be over 1,000 with Iran having the higher death casualty of over 400 people. About 1,000 people were also injured during the stampede on one of the roads leading to the Jamarat complex (stone throwing site) in Mina.

Briefing journalists in Mecca in an update, NAHCON’s commissioner in charge of Planning, Research, Information and Library Services, Saleh Okenwa, said that seven of the 42 injured pilgrims were still on admission at various hospitals in Saudi Arabia.

He, however, said that the number of pilgrims earlier declared missing had reduced from 214 to165 following the discovery of additional bodies of some Nigerians killed in the stampede.

On the transportation of pilgrims back to Nigeria, NAHCON’s Commissioner in charge of Operation, Saleh Modibbo, said that more than 60 per cent of the pilgrims had been transported back to the country.

Specifically, he said that 40,850 of the 76,000 Nigerians, who performed the pilgrimage had been transported back to the country.

Among those transported back to Nigeria are pilgrims from Kwara, Gombe and Nassarawa states.

Mr. Modibbo said that the various committees set up by NAHCON helped in processing the pilgrims’ documents and luggage.

The Chairman of the commission, Abdullahi Mukhtar, said while fielding questions from journalists that the Nigerian mission in Saudi Arabia would continue to monitor the seven injured pilgrims still on admission at various Saudi hospitals even after the Hajj operation.

“We have consistently been monitoring them; the Nigerian mission in Saudi Arabia will continue to monitor them after the hajj operation until they are discharged,” he said.

Mr. Mukhtar said that bodies of the deceased had been buried according to Islamic rights.

He said it was not true that the deceased were buried en masse as speculated in a section of the Nigerian society.

The chairman said that the Saudi authorities took finger prints of the deceased and that DNA tests would be conducted on mutilated bodies to ascertain whether those declared missing were dead or alive.

“Blood samples of the deceased pilgrims already in Saudi Arabia were taken while that of those who do not have immediate members of their families here will be taken in Nigeria and transported to Mecca for the test,” he stated.

On victims of the crane crash, he said that the Nigerian mission had details on the affected persons, adding, “the mission is pursuing their cases until compensation is paid.”

(NAN)


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  • Akpan

    Akpan • an hour ago

    Dear Brothers & Sisters,

    Good evening to you everybodies. I hope this missive meeting you in a good condition of health. If so, thaks be to God.

    My names is Akpan Etukudoh. I just competed my Secondary school at Police Secondary School, Akpabuyo in Calabar East. My WAEC results are as follows:

    English………..F9

    Mathematics ….F9

    Eng Lietrature…P8

    Physics…………F9

    Chemistry………F9

    Geography……..C5

    Efik Language …A1

    Economics ……..C6

    My Daddy is very angry with me and wants me to do a re-sit. But I have a more practical opinion. I am thinking of joining the APC party which is very democratic and has a place for people like me where anyone can become anything he aspires to be. I have told my Daddy that I stand a very good chance of becoming President of Nigeria too. But he doesn’t believe me but I don’t know why?

    Please I need your honest advice. Thank you very much.

    Yours Truly,

    Akpan Etukudoh——————————————————————-

    • Garden-City Boy

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    • UOU

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      • wantu

        President of Katsina state–

      • Malik Isah

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        • UOU

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          • Malik Isah

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          • Malik Isah

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    • Dan maikoko

      My sincere advice to you Akpan is to either keep your result as it is because there is a place for honest people like you if you do, or re-sit the exam. Don’t alter the result to gain admission by fraudulent means and become a PHD holder without a thesis. People will know that you were not worth the PHD and tongues will be wagging should you join politics and become president. Forget about the reality of today’s Nigeria where fraudulent people join the PDP with fake certificates and become president.
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      • Akpan

        Akpan • 10 hours ago

        Akpan • an hour ago

        Dear Brothers & Sisters,

        Good evening to you everybodies. I hope this missive meeting you in a good condition of health. If so, thaks be to God.

        My names is Akpan Etukudoh. I just competed my Secondary school at Police Secondary School, Akpabuyo in Calabar East. My WAEC results are as follows:

        English………..F9

        Mathematics ….F9

        Eng Lietrature…P8

        Physics…………F9

        Chemistry………F9

        Geography……..C5

        Efik Language …A1

        Economics ……..C6

        My Daddy is very angry with me and wants me to do a re-sit. But I have a more practical opinion. I am thinking of joining the APC party which is very democratic and has a place for people like me where anyone can become anything he aspires to be. I have told my Daddy that I stand a very good chance of becoming President of Nigeria too. But he doesn’t believe me but I don’t know why?

        Please I need your honest advice. Thank you very much.

        Yours Truly,

        Akpan Etukudoh————————————————–

      • Malik Isah

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    • Enemona

      What really matters is your integrity and personal resolve to learn and improve your skills. Paper qualification is not an end in itself but a means to it. I think rather than thinking APC is a shortcut to success for you, you should put in many years of hard work in any endeavor you so choose; carpentry, engineering, book-keeping, masonry, hairdressing etc and see where that leads you. People like Lula da Silva, Angela Merkel, our own PMB never had stellar qualifications but they rose to the exalted positions by dint of hard work, dedication and perseverance.

      I must warn you, like others have, not to seek short cuts by putting effort on getting paper qualification at the expense of developing real experience and outstanding personal quality. You have seen, from Nigeria’s recent history, that those who did that did not only drag themselves through the abyss of failure but took us all through hell. Please, for your own sake and that of those you so wish to serve, remain honest, hardworking and fair to all, these are what you need to grow in life, all else are just extras.

      • redeem

        Can Nigerians imagine what this mumu He Goat—-is saying?-Paper qualification does not matter-Monkey—Why are u sending your kids to school then.—-?-The law simply says present your primary school leaving certificate or school cert-to INEC period-Buhari was not able to-and u are HERE ASSERTING that because he has integrity–what type of integrity does a man who appoints serial divorcees–like aisha alHassan have to protect–a whore—-then moves to on nominate rogues like Amaechi and Fashola ati Fayemi—Buhari has no integrity to protect–he is a thief—-period–That is the man who lied to the Nation that he had only 1m–it turned out he had more than 30m–no house now he has a mansion worth over 2.9b naira——-u must be one of those rogues from the old regions of Nigeria–They are the ones who think like u—if Fulani-YORUBA–or Ibo– u can steaL NO TROUBLE— if from the south south like Alams—–david west and—–Mrs MADUEKE——-wahala for u–separation is the answer–oil thieves——————animals

        • Enemona

          I am not sending my kids to school to earn a paper qualification, I am sending them there for them to learn and, later in the future, apply the knowledge gained in their lives; emphasis is on ‘learn’ and ‘apply’. The paper is just what it is, a ‘paper’.

          What’s the use of a Phd qualification if one can’t even understand the relationship between stealing and corruption? What’s the value if the paper does not help to build the strength of character required to serve his/her society. I will send my children to learn these stuff while you dwell on a piece of paper.

          • brightasuquoakpan

            Papers always follow learning and most stage in life requires papers. qualification even in politics.

  • Garden-City Boy

    ……and still rising. We shouln’t be outdone by other mullah countries; we must be No. 1 as always.

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    Sad

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  • Akpan

    Akpan • 10 hours ago

    Akpan • an hour ago

    Dear Brothers & Sisters,

    Good evening to you everybodies. I hope this missive meeting you in a good condition of health. If so, thaks be to God.

    My names is Akpan Etukudoh. I just competed my Secondary school at Police Secondary School, Akpabuyo in Calabar East. My WAEC results are as follows:

    English………..F9

    Mathematics ….F9

    Eng Lietrature…P8

    Physics…………F9

    Chemistry………F9

    Geography……..C5

    Efik Language …A1

    Economics ……..C6

    My Daddy is very angry with me and wants me to do a re-sit. But I have a more practical opinion. I am thinking of joining the APC party which is very democratic and has a place for people like me where anyone can become anything he aspires to be. I have told my Daddy that I stand a very good chance of becoming President of Nigeria too. But he doesn’t believe me but I don’t know why?

    Please I need your honest advice. Thank you very much.

    Yours Truly,

    Akpan Etukudoh————————————————–

    • Malik Isah

      well done!

    • brightasuquoakpan

      Two things are most important in life-1.Serving God rightly in the name of Jesus. 2. Good Eduaction.So be wise

  • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

    Perhaps we are misguided about the separation of church and state with regards to the Nigerian constitution.
    But…..why is this an issue? Why does the Nigerian Government sponsor such blatant displays and deference to the authority of foreign government’s in the name of pilgrimage?

    Are we to assume that the deity we worship has preference for lands other than ours?
    Even if these were facts, how can we justify the involvement of our Government in the sponsorship of private individuals on their own private missions with regards to their own private deities?

    If our Government insists on doing these things for Muslims and Christians, it must do something for those of us that are atheists! Something along the lines of sponsoring a free ‘palm wine’ day across the nation

  • Republikunt Republicunt

    145 less parasites to support