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Nigeria Lost 20 Pilgrims In Mecca – NAHCON

Posted: Sep 22, 2015 at 10:18 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Monday confirmed the death of 20 Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia since the beginning of this year’s Hajj.

Chairman of the commission, Abdullahi Mukhtar, disclosed this at a pre-Arafat meeting at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

He said 14 pilgrims died due to cardiac arrest and other ailments, while six lost their lives in the September 11 crane crash at the Grand Mosque.

Mukhtar said only three Nigerians were injured in the crash as against the six earlier reported by the media.

The chairman said all the pilgrims that submitted valid documents to the commission for visa were airlifted to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage.

He also advised the pilgrims to drink more water due to the harsh weather, adding they should only expose themselves to the sun when necessary.

“We have resolved at a meeting with clerics to abide by the time given to us by the Saudi authority to start moving to Mina.

“Anyone who violates the decision of the Ulama will be sanctioned. The commission has the power to sanction anyone found wanting,” he said.