Hajj stampede: Nigeria’s death toll hits 145
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has said that 145 pilgrims died in the September 24 stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia with 35 injured.
It also said a total of 345 Nigerians were affected in the stampede and 165 still missing.
The Commissioner, Planning, Research Statistic Information and Library Service (PRSILS) of the commission, Dr. Saleh Okenwa told reporters yesterday in Makkah that seven Nigerians remained admitted in hospital and were responding to treatment.
He was speaking at a joint press conference to evaluate the operational activities of the Hajj exercise and the update on the stampede with the Chargé d’Affaires, Nigerian Embassy in Riyadh, Ambassador Tijjani Hammanjoda and the Nigerian Consul-General to Saudi Arabia, Ambassador Ahmed Umar.
Also the Commissioner of Operations of the commission, Al haji Ibrahim Modibbo Saleh, said 29 of the 145 deaths were from the tour operators.
While adding that 19 were males and 10 were females, Saleh said one person was injured and 21 of the missing 165 were also from the tour operators.