A stampede at one of the last rituals of the Hajj – the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca – killed more than 700 people with another 805 declared injured in the holy city, Mina, Saudi Arabia.
The Nigerian hajj commission has reported that three Nigerians died in the stampede.
Among them are:
Most notable among the victims are Tijani El-Miskin (above), a professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Maiduguri and a former head of special training course for the students of Arabic studies at the University of Maiduguri in Gamboru.
Another victim is Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf (above), who was the first female editor from the northern part of Nigeria. She studied political science in Nigeria and the USA and journalism in Russia. After that Bilkisu Yusuf pursued successful career in journalism in Nigeria, working for Daily Trust and Leadership newspapers and several local editions in Kano and Kaduna states.