18 Nigerians died in Saudi Arabia during 2016 Hajj — NAHCON


Eighteen Nigerians died in Saudi Arabia during the just concluded 2016 Hajj attended by Muslims, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) says.

The victims were from Kwara, Kogi, Bauchi, Taraba, Niger, Kaduna, FCT. There were foreign-based Nigerian pilgrims as well.

The head of NAHCON’s medical team, Ibrahim Kana, said two pilgrims, including a 40-year-old woman, died in Madinah.

Three died in Muna, while 13 died in Makkah. A mentally ill woman was amongst the victim.

He however said the 2016 death toll was the lowest in five years. He attributed the low figure to enhanced sanitation, increased medical awareness and compressed national medical team.

The medical team attended to over 21,000 patients since the commencement of the hajj rites, Mr. Kana said.

He said despite repeated warnings, the medical team detected five pregnant women.

The Hajj is 95 per cent complete and pilgrims started travelling home on Saturday.

NAHCON chairman, Abdullahi Mukhtar, said all states who failed to give basic transport allowance to their pilgrims as well as those who collected Adiya money (money for ram slaughtering), and failed to remit same to NAHCON, would be penalised.

He said the commission would reimburse those who paid for but did not enjoy products and services like air conditioned tents, and the newly introduced e –wristband.

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  • Patrick Aminu

    What is really wrong with Premium Times? Why are u bothering us with Hajj stories all over your web pages? Buhari’s misrule and destruction of the economy and how he should be impeached are more important issues than these useless Hajj stories.

    • favourtalk

      You need bitter pill drug to kill your hatred

      • .Patrick Aminu

        If you think I will commit suicide and leave suicide note for Buhari as 2 persons in Lagos, 1 person in Calabar and another in Ogun have done, then you lie. Instead I will carry shakabula and team up with Biafrans or Avengers or both.

        • Idris

          Last time I checked there many on line newpapers. Please you go there and read other stories. Better still start you own online newspaper.

  • favourtalk

    May thier soul rest in peace, at the end. God has a final.say

    • Quantumspirit666

      which god ? YOURS or one of the other thousands of gods. Final say my arse. Instead of investigating what killed your people you are talking about god. Is it not the ARAB god they went to worship? And spend Nigerias money with their ARAB slave masters.? No wonder your country is a cesspit.

      • Musbau Hamzat

        My friend, get it clear. There is only one God, indivisible, creator of heaven and earth. Your creator & my creator. The one that makes u sleep and wake you at HIS will. Arab God is Westerner God. The Arabs sun is not different from Nigerians sun, th Arab day not different from Japan day. It depends on your language. In god is english word and Allah is in Arabic language as we hv Oluwa in Yoruba, Chineke in Ibo etc. The house they visit was built by Abraham and his prayer is answered by God that is why the faithful Muslims visit the place on yearly and regularly. Prophet Muhammed (SW) only fulfills the prophesy of Abraham and he is the last Prophet of God.Thank you.

        • Quantumspirit666

          Oh YOUR god is INVISIBLE ? Is YOUR mother INVISIBLE? Stay in your stone age mental state.
          The world moves on. Father Xmas is also INVISIBLE.

          • Musbau Hamzat

            Look well. I do not write invisible, those that might have read your response will be laughing at you.I wrote indivisible. Only and One God -Allah. Next time try to comprehend before reply or comment. God is neither 2 nor 3. Next time do not ever go to my Mother unless you want to seek the provocation or wrath. I do not insult you neither talk against your parent. i just try to enlighten you and let you be aware of your misconception. remove my mother out of this and behave well. If u insult me i may not take offence against u but to that place. No go area. Ok. Thank you.

          • Quantumspirit666

            Regardless of what you write. YOU still have a primitive mind. Father Xmas is real and INDIVISIBLE. There is only one FATHER XMAS. Queen of England is INDIVISIBLE because there is only one Queen of England. Get your head out of your stinking arse. Life is too short. Go get some education. GBAMN.!

          • Joseph benard

            @ musbau Hamzat why are you wasting your precious time answering that lunatic, if he or she insult any member of your family you should reply the insult to him or her, I wonder why some people are still ignorant in religion

  • PolyGon2013

    Government should not sponsor pilgrimage. Religion is a private affair.