NEWS ‘4 Jigawa pilgrims died in Saudi Arabia’
Four Jigawa State indigenes died during the Hajj exercise, while two others were declared missing.
The state deputy governor, who was also the head of the state Hajj delegation, Barrister Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, said this yesterday while briefing newsmen in Dutse.
He said two of the pilgrims died as a result of the stampede, while the other two died of ill health.
He said: “For the two that were declared missing, we presume that they died during the stampede. Therefore, their relatives would be taken to Saudi Arabia for DNA test. The state government spent N282 million on this year’s Hajj operation. This amount shows that the state saved over N600 million when compared to the N890 million spent last year by the past administration.”
He added that airlift of pilgrims from the state from the holy land was quite successful.