Hajj stam­pede: Nige­ria’s death toll rises to 99

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ab­bas Ji­moh, Saudi Ara­bia

The death toll of Nige­ri­ans from the Septem­ber 24 stam­pede in Mina, Saudi Ara­bia dur­ing the just con­cluded hajj rites have risen from 64 to 99.

The num­ber of those that sus­tained in­juries is 39 while 219 oth­ers are still miss­ing.

A com­pe­tent source at the Na­tional Hajj Com­mis­sion of Nige­ria (NAHCON) who pleaded anonymity con­firmed the fig­ures to Daily Trust yesterday in Makkah.

He also said the com­mis­sion was aware of ap­pre­hen­sion that those de­clared miss­ing may have died but it can­not be con­cluded un­til ev­i­dences were pre­sented to that ef­fect.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial 75 among the 99 deaths were from the state pil­grim wel­fare board, agen­cies and com­mis­sions, while the re­main­ing 24 were from the tour op­er­a­tors.

Also those in­jured from the states were 37 and two from the tour op­er­a­tors.

The num­ber of the miss­ing stood at 196 among them 102 males and 94 fe­males from the states while among the 23 mak­ing up 11 males and 12 fe­males are from the tour op­er­a­tors.

The of­fi­cial how­ever said that the fig­ures kept chang­ing and be­ing up­dated due to the re­ports re­ceived from the field of­fi­cials.

Chair­man of the com­mis­sion, Bar­ris­ter Ab­dul­lahi Mukhtar Mo­hammed in an ear­lier in­ter­view on the de­vel­op­ment said the com­mis­sion can­not de­clare those miss­ing as dead un­til the com­mit­tee put in place to con­firm the sta­tus of all vic­tims of the stam­pede has con­firmed as such.

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