The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has announced the death toll of Nigerians involved in the disasters which occurred during the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
According to TheCable, the Commission stated that 280 Nigerians died, while the whereabouts of 43 persons remain unknown.
It would be recalled, two major mishaps occurred during this year’s pilgrimage. On September 11, a crane collapsed at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, while on September 24, a stampede occurred in Mina during the ritual of “stoning the devil”.
The Chairman of NAHCON, Abdullahi Mohammed, said: “Nigeria recorded a total of 280 deaths from both events, while 43 are considered missing as their status is yet to be ascertained.”
Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), commended the commission for the manner in which it handled the crisis.
Recall, a total of 75,081 Nigerian pilgrims participated in the 2015 hajj.