18 Nigerians died in Saudi Arabia during 2016 Hajj — NAHCON | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper


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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  1. What form of human sacrifice is this every yeah and some mumu still want to go when they know they may just die like a fowl.Islam is funny buy God is good and merciful.

  2. Sad. It must be Jonathan and PDP 16 years that caused it. They left no money for Saudi Authority to use to build the roads and hotels where Nigerian pilgrims would stay and also move without getting in touch with the other crowds of pilgrims.

  3. You guys will continue to die as far you keep going there. Come and accept and serve a living God where your soul will be protected and kept alive from this blood sucking Islam. A word is enough for the wise. I rest my case!

    1. Very senseless comment! That's how you get to start religious wars. What's your business with another person's belief? Common sense should tell you to learn to mind your own business. There's no compulsion in religion. A person is free to worship the way he/her deemed fit. Leave the judgment to God. And please admin, there some comments that needed not be approved. Especially the very sensitive ones that cuts through ethnic and tribal lines.


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