Hajj death count rises to 199
The number of Nigerians that died in the stampede at Mina, Saudi Arabia, during the 2015 Hajj pilgrimage now stands at 199.
The Commissioner Planning, Research and Library Service of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Dr. Saleh Okenwa, revealed the latest number, adding that 121 people were still missing.
Sokoto & Kano states reported the most casualties according to Okenwa, with Sokoto reporting 79 dead and 59 missing, while Kano recorded 20 people dead.
Other states which recorded either dead or lost pilgrims were: Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Plateau, Rivers, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara and the FCT.
“The number of the dead from the state contingents is160 made up of 70 male, 84 female, four male officials and two female officials. The injured are 33 (18 male and 15 female) 110 are still missing (61 male, 48 female) and one male official,” Okenwa said.
“The tour operators recorded 39 deaths (25 male and 14 female), two were injured and among the five on admission, while 11 (eight male and three female) are still missing,” he said.