Hajj stam­pede: Kano death toll rises to 16

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Yusha’u A. Ibrahim, Kano

Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of Kano State Pil­grims Wel­fare Board, Al­haji Abba Yakubu, has said that the num­ber of pil­grims from the state who died in the Jam­rat stam­pede in Saudi Ara­bia, has risen to 16.

Yakubu told Daily Trust yesterday that seven other pil­grims from the state were still miss­ing. He said the 16 dead pil­grims com­prised of 11 males and five fe­males.

“You know, last time, I con­firmed the death of nine pil­grims from Kano. Now we have iden­ti­fied seven ad­di­tional pil­grims from the state among the dead,” he said.

He added that a Kano male pil­grim, who is still on ad­mis­sion at Saudi gov­ern­ment-owned hos­pi­tal, is re­spond­ing to treat­ment.

He said: “The seven miss­ing pil­grims com­prise of five males and two fe­males. We are still search­ing for them. You know in a sit­u­a­tion like this, you can­not lose hope un­til you ei­ther see them dead or alive.”

He urged Nige­ri­ans to con­tinue to pray for the de­ceased and those who were in­jured in the in­ci­dent.

On the re­turn jour­ney op­er­a­tion, the ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary said so far, over 1,000 pil­grims from the state had re­turned to Nige­ria and that the ex­er­cise would be com­pleted by Oc­to­ber 20.

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