Hajj stam­pede: Nige­ria’s death toll hits 145

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

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.

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