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Nine Nigerian Pilgrims Die In Saudi Arabia


The Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Dr Ibrahim Kana, has
said the number of Nigerian pilgrims who have died while performing the
2019 Hajj in Saudi Arabia has risen to nine.

Kana disclosed this
in Muna on Monday while briefing journalists on the activities of the
medical team of NAHCON for the pilgrims.

Kana said, “The
deceased, a Lagos State pilgrim, collapsed at Jamrat and was brought to
hospital in Muna but died, she was hypertensive.”

Speaking with
the News Agency of Nigeria in Muna, Kana said the leader of the Lagos
State team in Saudi for the Hajj, Alhaji AbdulLateef Abdulkarim, had
identified the deceased as Alhaja Folashade Lawal.

He said the
deceased hailed from Oshodi Local Government Area of the state, saying
she slumped at 3am while heading for Jamrat to throw stones at the
devil.

Throwing stones at the ‘devil’ is one of the Islamic rites towards an acceptable Hajj.

Kana said NAHCON opened 21 field offices in Muna with adequate drugs and ambulances.

A
NAN correspondent, who visited the Nigerian camp in Muna, reported that
many pilgrims, mostly women, were seen buying women’s wear and other
gift items they claimed were meant for their families and friends at
home.

The pilgrims, who will spend three days to accomplish
religious rites in Muna, are expected to move to the Grand Mosque,
Makkah on Tuesday to complete the remaining rites to ensure an
acceptable hajj.



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