NEWS ‘4 Ji­gawa pil­grims died in Saudi Ara­bia’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Aliyu M. Ha­m­agam, Dutse

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.

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