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Nigeria Buries Slain Pilgrims In Mecca

Posted: Sep 21, 2015 at 11:23 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Nigeria’s Consul-General to Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Umar, said on Sunday that the six Nigerian pilgrims who died in the September 11, 2015 crane crash in Mecca have been buried.

Briefing newsmen in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, he said the bodies were buried on September 18, in a “specially designated cemetery” in Mecca, where all the other victims of the crash were also buried.

The consul-general, who led a delegation of the consulate and National Hajj Commission of Nigeria at the burial, said the bodies were buried after an invitation from Saudi authorities.

He also noted that six Nigerian pilgrims that sustained injuries during the incident have received special attention. Some of them have been discharged while others were still in the hospital responding to treatment.

Saudi Arabia had announced that it would give 1 million Riyals, about N53.1 million, to the families of each of the deceased.

Similarly, the authority announced that those who sustained permanent disability would also get the same amount while others with minor injury would get half of the amount.

The Nigerian consul-general said that the money would be given to relations of the deceased and other victims of the crash.

He said that the Nigerian government was surprised by the kind gesture of King Salman bin Abdulazeez, who donated the money to the families of the affected pilgrims.

Umar assured Nigerians and families of the victims that the money would be delivered to the right persons.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that six Nigerians were among the 111 pilgrims who died during the September 11 crane crash at the Grand Mosque, Ka’aba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Six Nigerians were also among the 321 pilgrims who sustained various degrees of injury during the incident.