The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has expressed sadness over the news of some of its pilgrims from Zamfara State who were involved in a tragic motor accident that resulted in three fatalities.
This was contained in a statement signed by the chairman of NAHCON, Abdullahi Muhammad, and made available to PREMIUM TIMES.
The incident, which happened along Makkah to Madinah highway, resulted in the death of: Shinkafi Mallamawa (male) from Shinkafi Local Government, with passport number: A09413309, Abdullahi Sambo (male) from Kauran Namoda Local Government, with passport number: A09413813 and Abdullahi Shugaba (male) from Maru Local Government, with passport number: A50080535.
According to the statement “NAHCON has also sent a team of its personnel to retrieve the bodies for internment according to diplomatic guidelines and are treating those that sustained injuries.
“Three others who survived the accident are in stable condition, yet they are undergoing thorough investigations and treatment. While we pray for the quick recovery of those injured, we commiserate with the families of the departed and government of Zamfara State. We pray to The Most Merciful Lord to grant the deceased Jannatul Firdaus and the entire people of Zamfara State the fortitude to bear the losses.”
Similarly, the commission also commiserates with families of all pilgrims who lost their lives during the 2018 Hajj, especially the government and people of Niger State over the loss of one of its pilgrims who, inadvertently, stepped into an elevator while it was undergoing repairs.
The statement also said the commission regrets the occurrence and has however instituted investigation into the tragedy in conjunction with Saudi Arabian authorities with the aim of preventing any re-occurrence of the situation.
NAHCON condoles with the nation, it said.
“We condole with the entire nation over the deaths and pray for the safe return of all pilgrims back home” the commission said.